In recognition of our 225th Anniversary, Ireland’s newly-appointed ambassador to Canada, Ray Bassett, visited Halifax this spring. He attended the Society’s AGM and spoke about his work history and his excitement at being here in Canada. While he was in Halifax, he was guest speaker at the Holy Cross Restoration fundraising dinner, a 225th Anniversary event. He met with business and political leaders and visited Irish historic sites including our Celtic Cross. He’s shown with our president Brian Downie.
Terence R B Donahoe, QC. LLD, then-President of the Charitable Irish Society of Halifax, presented an honorary membership in our Society to Dr Mary Robinson, the first woman president of Ireland, on June 5th 2003, at Saint Mary’s University, which conferred an Honorary Doctor of Civil Laws degree on her.Mr Donahoe remarked how there has been a longstanding relationship between our Society and the university, and how a close working relationship between the two has strengthened and sustained Irish culture and heritage in our area. He cited a number of the many contributions that the Irish have made in the fields of law, politics, religion, education, science and the arts, especially in this region.
Dr Robinson has received many awards and recognitions for her commitment to public service. She has been Honorary President of Oxfam International and Mr Donahoe paid tribute to her efforts with Oxfam by making, on behalf of our Society, a financial contribution in her name to Oxfam.
Dr Robinson expressed her thanks to the Charitable Irish Society for the honorary membership and the donation to Oxfam. She congratulated the Society for being at the forefront of promoting and sustaining the “Irish fact” in Halifax.