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.
Saint Mary’s University acknowledges that in its early years, it was the strong support that it received from the Irish Community, and the Charitable Irish Society, that helped foster its early growth and development. That relationship between Saint Mary’s University and the Irish, continues today through the D’Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies, and also through the efforts of many of their Alumni who are very active in the affairs of the Society. Saint Mary’s Alumni who have Irish roots are most welcome to join the Society, and a special invitation is extended to them to become members.
Ireland’s former Ambassador to Canada, Declan Kelly, during a visit to Halifax, viewed the Charitable Irish Society’s Celtic Cross Memorial with Mayor Peter Kelly and members of HRM municipal council.
From left to right: Ms. Dawn Sloan, HRM Councilor, District 12; Councilor Patrick Murphy, HRM Councilor, District 11; Mr. Declan Kelly, former Ambassador of Ireland in Canada; Mr. Peter Kelly, Mayor, HRM; Mr. Bob Harvey, HRM Councilor, District 20.