Rideau Canal Celtic Cross Committee

 June 23, 2004:

MEDIA ADVISORY Rideau Canal Celtic Cross Committee
June 17, 2004 This is an advisory to the media of an upcoming event. Rideau Canal Celtic Cross unveiling to be held on June 27th OTTAWA - The memorial to the canal workers and their families who died building the Rideau Canal between 1826-32 will be unveiled on June 27th, 2004 at ceremonies beginning at 1:00pm. The location of the Monument is along the Rideau Canal - at the first lock - near the Bytown Museum (east side of the Canal). Mayor Bob Chiarelli and Irelandís Ambassador to Canada Martin Burke will address those in attendance as will Pat Kelly, President of the Irish Society of Ottawa, and Sean McKenny, Chair of the Rideau Canal Celtic Cross Committee and President of the Ottawa and District Labour Council. There will be individuals from the Bytown Museum dressed in period costume and the ceremonies will include music, song and poetry. The actual ceremony will last approximately 1 hour. Immediately following the Ceremony (approximately 2:00pm) all will be invited on a tour of the Bytown Museum to view displays of the Canal and those who built it. The speakers and any other "dignitaries" will be the first group through. Others will follow once the first group as completed the tour. After the tour of the Bytown Museum (approximately 2:45pm) all will be invited over to Mother McGintey's Pub at 67 Clarence St. for a reception hosted by Pat Kelly. For further information contact: Sean McKenny (613) 233-7820 (613) 862-5150

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