Connecting Canadian Irish with their Coollattin roots
WHAT IS THE COOLLATTIN CANADIAN CONNECTION
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 include the Genealogical Department at Wicklow County Council, Carnew Historical Society and Coollattin Golf Club. The project was jointly launched, in February last, 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. Between the mid 1830's and 1855 tens of thousands of the tenantry on the Coollattin Estate were assisted in emigrating to Canada. The aim of CCC is to provide a forum through which the descendants of these emigrants can seek out knowledge on their family history and have a return to the land of their forefathers facilitated. Going forward, a long term aim of the Coollattin Canadian Connection is to plan and develop in south County Wicklow, a famine village where it is hoped to recreate the houses, school, and shops which were characteristic of the estate during the mid nineteenth century.
Pictured at the launch of the Coollattin Canadian Connection, (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.
NEW The Irish Legacy In Smiths Falls Ontario 23 June - 2 July, 2017 A band of twenty one 'pilgrims' from south County Wicklow will be honoured and privileged to retrace the steps of the thousands of Coollattin emigres who found a new home in the great land of Canada during the sad and troubled years of mid 19th century Ireland. It will be a truly wonderful experience to meet up once again with those who were our guests last August, to 'break bread' and share tales with the descendants of those who left Coollattin some 180 years ago and to join with our Canadian friends in celebrating the 150th anniversary of your great country. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to Ingrid Bron and her hard working committee, in our twin town of Smiths Falls, for all of their tireless work in planning our visit.
To check out the itinerary for what promises to be a wonderful week CLICK HERE
THE HOMEWARD TREK 2016 - WOW What a wonderful experience for all concerned! 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
Participants at the closing pageant at Coollattin House - Homeward Trek 2016
Sean Lawrence O'Byrne (left), the youngest of the Lawrences on the Trek, walks down a lane in the townland of Slieveroe in the parish of Moyne. Sean's ancestors, John Lawrence, his wife Martha and their nine children, aged between five and twenty two, walked down this same lane en route to board the 'Jessie" at New ross in the year 1848.
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
Nineteenth century haemorrhage of people from Coollattin Estate
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, women and children left Coollattin for the New World.
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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