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Minister Deenihan to visit Canada and the United States

Irish abroad, MoS Jimmy Deenihan, Press Releases, North America, 2015



Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, will begin a visit to Newfoundland, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York today (Monday 4 May).  
His programme will include a range of community, cultural, heritage and business elements.
While in Canada, the Minister will view a special exhibition on Irish migration to Newfoundland and meet with the Benevolent Irish Society, the Irish Society of Newfoundland and the Irish Connections organisations.  He will also have the opportunity meet recent Irish migrants to Newfoundland.
Speaking before his visit the Minister said:
“I am very much looking forward to meeting some of the Irish community in Newfoundland – some of whom have Irish roots that can be traced to the 17th century who still have a strong and deep attachment to Ireland and our shared heritage.”
Following a visit to Celtic Explorer, the Marine Institute ship which is currently mapping fish stocks off the Newfoundland coast, the Minister will then continue to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. 
His programme will include a visit to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum and Institute at Quinnipiac University which is home to the world’s largest collection of visual art, artefacts and printed materials relating to the Great Famine. 
He will attend the American Ireland Fund’s Gala Dinner in New York and participate in Pieta House’s Darkness into Light 5k Walk in the Bronx.
The Minister noted: 
"I am particularly looking forward to participating in the Darkness into Light Walk to highlight the ongoing partnerships between Pieta House and a number of community organisations in New York including the GAA.   Through these partnerships, which are part-funded under the Emigrant Support Programme, excellent work is being undertaken to provide mental wellbeing support to our diaspora in the New York region."
The Minister will also attend Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s annual North American Convention and Fleadh which brings together the best of Irish traditional music, dance and arts in North America.       

Press Office
4 May 2015

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