Connecting Canadian Irish with their Coollattin roots
Homeward Trek 2018 now fully booked
FLIGHT TO GROSSE ILLE One of the highlights of the events planned for descendants of Coollattin emigres is a special production of the play 'Flight to Grosse Ille'. This play by Jim Minogue won an Ireland title when performed by Nenagh's drama society at the all Ireland finals in Enniscorthy some years ago. The play tells the story of the enforced emigration of tenants from counties Tipperary and Limerick during the Great Famine of the 1840's. The play is being produced by the Kilrush Drama Society who themselves were the proud winners of an all Ireland title some years ago. Rehearsals are now under way under the watchful eye of director Michael Byrne. Michael has the honour of winning all Ireland Best Director awards on no less than three occasions. The production will bring a very talented array of actors, musicians and singers. Playing a lead role is Kate Power who won the accolade of 'Best Actress' for her role as Agnes in the play Agnes of God at the all Ireland Drama Finals in 2017.
NEW Coollattin Canadian Connection - a new Facebook page documenting the stories of some of the families who left the estate. To find us CLICK HERE
HOMEWARD TREK 2018. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE HOMEWARD TREK 2018 NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW THE SCHEDULE CLICK HERE
NEW We are delighted that Christian Corlett and Catherine Wright will be on hand during the week and making an input into events. Christian is County Wicklow's best known archaeologist. He has written books on the traditional houses of Wicklow and on headstone art in south Wicklow and north Wexford. This Christmas he has launched a book on the history of the monastic city of Glendalough. Catherine is our county genealogist. She will be available to answer your genealogical queries. She will have with her her comprehensive and extensive collection of genealogical databases.
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ THE COST OF THE HOMEWARD TREK IS 620 EURO PAYABLE IN A BOOKING DEPOSIT OF 220EURO WITH THE REMAINING 400 EURO PAYABLE ON ARRIVAL AT MINMORE. INTENDING PARTICIPANTS SHOULD NOTE THAT EVERYTHING IS COVERED IN THE COST OF THE HOMEWARD TREK EXCEPT FOR THE FOLLOWING: BUS TRANSFERS FROM DUBLIN AIRPORT TO GOREY AND RETURN SUNDAY LUNCH AT POOLE'S, CARNEW MONDAY'S LUNCH AT THE FARM SHOP, TINAHELY WEDNESDAY'S LUNCH IN RATHWOOD HOME AND GARDEN CENTRE THURSDAY'S LUNCH AT RIVERSIDE PARK HOTEL, GOREY Please note that accomodation is self catering so all breakfasts/meals/snacks outside of the schedule are of your own concern. As part of our daily schedule we will be making stops at local food outlets. Participants will also have a facility to order grocery supplies online and have them delivered to you accommodation. Details in that regard will follow nearer to the date of the vent.
THE COOLLATTIN CANADIAN CONNECTION................ Reuniting Canadians with their South Wicklow Roots
The COOLLATTIN CANADIAN CONNECTION is an initiative which has its headquarters in the village of Carnew in south County Wicklow. A major component of the brief of this company is the promotion of the rich history and heritage of the former Coollattin Estate. Partners in the project, which is the brainchild of husband and wife Kevin and Eleanor Lee, include the Genealogical Department at Wicklow County Council, Carnew Historical Society and Coollattin Golf Club and old Coollattin Country plc. The project was jointly launched, in February of 2016, at a function in Coollattin House. The official launch was performed jointly by His Excellency, Mr Kevin Vickers, the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland and Mr. Simon Harris T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform. Throughout the first six decades of the nineteenth century there was a constant exodus from the Coollattin estate to Canada and, in particular, to the province of Ontario. Emigration commenced in the years which followed the 1798 rebellion. During these dark years neighbour had fallen out with neighbour, and in cases, brother set against brother. Agents from shipping companies such as that owned by the Ellys of New Ross,went from village to village in south Wicklow recruiting all who wished to travel and who could afford the fare. From the mid 1830's onward Earl Fitzwilliam, who owned the Coollattin Estate assisted many thousands of his tenants in finding a new life across the Atlantic. Initially emigration was through the port of Dublin and the travel was organised by the shipping firm of Miley. From 1847 to 1855 the travel for the assisted emigrants was provided by the the firm of Graves of New Ross. During these years almost 6,ooo men left Coollattin in search of a fresh start in the New World. Between the mid 1830's and 1855 tens of thousands of the tenantry on the Coollattin Estate were assisted in emigrating to Canada. Our aim is to reunite the descendants of these emigrants who left their native Irish shore almost two centuries ago.
Services provided by Coollattin Canadian Connection
Genealogical advice and assistance
Bi-annual Homeward Trek event
Reuniting families with the location of their Irish homesteads
Reuniting Canadian families with any found Irish relatives
Accommodation arranged when visiting south Wicklow, Ireland
Planned visits to the National Library of Ireland, Dublin
Historical Tours of South Wicklow
If you have a Coollattin ancestor and would like to find out more about the wonderful services that we provide mail email@example.com
Pictured at the launch of the Coollattin Canadian Connection in February 2016, (L to R) Mr Jack Lynch, Hon Secretary, Coollattin Golf Club, His Excellency, Mr Kevin Vickers, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Jim Quinn, Captain, Coollattin Golf Club, Mr Kevin Lee, Project Leader CCC and Mr Michael Kelly, Chairperson, Old Coollattin Country.
The Story to date
The Homeward Trek - Coollattin 2016 This was the first major event that we had the pleasure of organising. Just over twenty participants came to us and, based at Minmore Mews near the village of Shillelagh, joined us in a week of genealogy, sight seeing, historical outings, story telling and camaraderie. It was a wonderful and emotional week during the course of which lasting friendships were forged. For a report, including video clips, on this truly memorable week CLICK HERE To view a slide show of images from the week CLICK HERE
The Irish Legacy Project Smiths Falls 2017 Between 23 June and 3 July a group of nineteen retraced the steps the emigres who travelled to Smiths Falls during the Years of Ireland's great famine. The journey via St Johns, Newfoundland and Ottawa was, at nineteen hours,a long one by today's standards. However,compared to the 19th century journey via New Ross and Quebec which lasted up to six weeks it was a short trip. For a report on the historic and memorable celebration of the twinning of Carnew in County Wicklow with Smiths Falls in Lanark County CLICK HERE
Photographs of Coollattin Famine Emigrants
The Coollattin Canadian Connection have given a dedicated page EMIGRANTS to growing database of photographs of emigrants which were taken in an era when photography was not yet popular and which have survived the ravages of time. If you have a photo of a beloved ancestor who came from the Coollattin Estate in south County Wicklow, forward it to us and it will be a privilege to include it on this page
Have you an ancestor who emigrated to Canada during the 19th century ? Join our growing database. If your ancestors left the Coollattin estate to find a new life in Canada you might consider adding your name and contact details to our database. Just get in touch via our contact page. Likewise, where possible, the Coollattin Canadian Connection will be delighted to offer a helping hand with your genealogical research. To view our database click HERE
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