Updated: 2013-03-01 09:15:06
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By: SligoToday.ie 
Visit of Canadian Ambassador

The Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Voyola Hearn and his wife Maureen
paid a three-day visit to Sligo this week.

Ambassador Hearn, a former school teacher, school principal, Minister of Education and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in the Canadian Government continued to Keash, near Ballymote on Wednesday to follow up on a harrowing tale of the Keaveny family who left the area in 1845.

Father Pat and mother Sarah with son and five daughters made the journey which ended in tragedy when the ship, The Carricks floundered on Canadian coast. All five daughters died.

The Keaveny's with their son Michael went on to live in Quebec and their large French-speaking  descendants, now known as Kavanagh, will be guests of honour at
Keash's famous Garland Festival in July.

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Pat Ward, Ambassador Voyola Hearn and 95-year-old  Jim Taheny
Pat Ward, Ambassador Voyola Hearn and 95-year-old Jim Taheny