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The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, presented US President, Barack Obama, with a Certificateof Irish Heritage at a St. Patrick’s Day reception at the White House on Tuesday, 20th March. The President was also presented with the traditional bowl of shamrock.
Mr Kenny said “As a prominent reminder, and on your behalf of your historic homecoming, Mr President, it is my honour to present to you on behalf of the Irish people and of the government this formal Certificate of Irish Heritage.”
“This will have a special place of honour – alongside my birth certificate,” the President quipped.
Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, presented former Canadian Prime Minister, Paul Martin with a Certificate of Irish Heritage during a visit to Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec as part of his visit celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, 2012.
Quebec Premier Daniel Johnson, Norm Flynn, Founder and Executive Director of Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (H.E.R.O.S.), and Jason Burns, on behalf of his late father, Pat Burns, former coach of four NHL teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens, were also presented with Certificates of Irish Heritage by the Tánaiste at a special luncheon.
On December 9th, 86 year old Jim Edwards from Sydney was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage by Caitríona Ingoldsby, Consul General, at a ceremony at the Irish Famine Memorial at Hyde Park Barracks.
Mr Edwards great-great grandmother, Hannah Rafferty was born in Co. Roscommon and was an orphan girl sent to Australia following the great famine.
Attending the presentation were Mr Edwards, his daughter Susan and his son Peter, his wife and Mr Edwards’ grandson. Also present were Tom Power, Chairman of the Irish Famine Commemoration Committee and Vice Chairperson Perry McIntyre, Kate Clark, the Director of the Sydney Historic Houses Trust and Gary Crockett the Curator of Hyde Park Barracks Museum.
The presentation followed a reception held at the Consulate in Sydney to mark the launch of the Certificate of Irish Heritage which was attended by 125 people.
The Certificate of Irish Heritage will be attending the world’s biggest family history event – Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2012. The show is being held at the Olympia, London between 24 and 26 February.
Come and visit us at stand 622:
- Each of our Certificate designs and frames will be on display
- Apply for a Certificate of Irish Heritage for yourself or as a gift for a family member or friend
- Professional genealogists: find out about our Genealogist Affiliation Programme
- Enter our WDYTYA? LIVE Prize Draw – and win your own framed Certificate of Irish Heritage!
As well as visiting us at the show, there is much more to see including selection of Irish exhibitors including Roots Ireland, the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (sharing a stand with AGRA & ASGRA) and Tourism Ireland. You can also attend one of the many Society of Genealogists Workshops – where you can listen to many speakers, including one of our Affiliated Genealogists, Helen Kelly of APGI. Why not see Larry Lamb, Emilia Fox and Richard Madeley in the Celebrity Theatre!
WDYTYA? LIVE promises to be an exciting and family history packed weekend – we hope to see you there!
If you’ve listened to some of the fantastic audio clips of Irish people recalling events, traditions and history in this section of the website – watch this video! Maurice O’Keeffe who makes the recordings gives you an introduction to Irish Life and Lore. Enjoy!
You can now follow the Certificate of Irish Heritage on Twitter. We will be tweeting about all things Irish, so why not join us on the Twittersphere?
In our continuing series of Christmas related audio clips, Muiris Rogan of Dingle, Co. Kerry recalls the dressing up for Wren’s Day or Lá an Dreoilín which is celebrated on St. Stephen’s Day, 26th December.
Audio file and image copyright Irish Life & Lore 2011. Visit their website for more information on their many recordings at www.irishlifeandlore.com
The Certificate of Irish Heritage team would like to wish all of our customers and visitors a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year!
Nollaig Shona Daoibh!
Mick Moynihan of Mindard, Dingle, Co. Kerry talks about what he eats on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Listen to him recall his Christmas food memories…