Deering proud to welcome Newfoundland Gathering to Carlow

29th August, 2014

Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny, Pat Deering, has today welcomed a group of 58 Newfoundlanders who have travelled to Carlow and the Southeast for the 2014 Ireland-Newfoundland Gathering. The visit, which coincides with Heritage Week, is a celebration of the great links between Ireland (and in particular the southeast) and Newfoundland. It follows on from the success of last year’s Gathering initiative which aimed at attracting Irish diaspora to their native shore.

“I was delighted to partake in the 2014 Ireland-Newfoundland Gathering. All in all, it was an uplifting celebration of the great links between our two peoples. Their stay in Carlow was made possible by the generosity of the families in St. Mullins who kindly hosted the visitors.

“The Newfoundlanders spent three fantastic days in Carlow and, I believe, got a real appreciation for the county, its history, and our shared history. On Monday they visited St. Mullins Heritage Centre, walked along the River Barrow, enjoyed a hurling and camogie display and in the evening enjoyed a barbeque and musical entertainment.

“On Tuesday they visited the VISUAL centre for Contemporary Art and Carlow County Museum. The group was hosted at a Civic Reception hosted by Carlow County Council. They also visited the Garden of Remembrance in Leighlinbridge, Old Leighlin ancient Cathedral, and were given a tour of the beautiful Heritage village of Borris which finished with traditional music and set dancing demonstrations in O’Shea’s Pub.

“On Wednesday they visited Nine Stones, Huntington Castle, Altamont Gardens, Delta Sensory Gardens, Adelaide Memorial Church, The Forge Restaurant. And finally on Wednesday evening they enjoyed the Aloy O’Brien concert in Myshall Community Hall.

“The success of this visit is a timely reminder of how much the county has to offer and I encourage Bord Fáilte to promote Carlow as a tourist attraction. The people of Newfoundland are a lot like ourselves, a lot of Irish families and Irish names, they speak our language and have a similar climate. WESTJET is now flying directly from Dublin to St. Johns, Newfoundland daily from June to October with an even longer season expected in 2015. Over 18,000 flights were sold in the first week which is extremely encouraging.

“The visit was organised by Newfoundland and Labrador Irish Connections which is a non-profit, community organisation working to promote community, cultural, and historic ties between Newfoundland and Labrador and Southeast Ireland.”