Dr. Wally Kirwan, a member of the Steering Group organising and
promoting the Power Clan Gathering 2013 will visit Toronto over 17-20
February to spread the word on this wonderful celebration.
He is hosting a party in PJ O’Brien’s Pub, 63 Colborne St., Toronto at 6.30pm tomorrow, Tuesday the 19th. All are welcome ! Please spread the word if you live in or around the Toronto area.
FREE PINT FOR THE FIRST 25 POWERS !
This Wednesday the 16th January 2013, at the Town Hall Theatre, Dungarvan, Co Waterford at 8pm, in conjunction with The Gathering, William Fraher will give an illustrated talk titled “An Emigrant’s Tale” by Patrick McGrath 1812-1894.
Patrick McGrath was a stonemason who was born in Youghal and later set up his business in Dungarvan. He emigrated with his family from Dungarvan to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1847 during the Famine. The family prospered and eventually settled in Quincy, Massachusetts. One of the children, Mary Elizabeth married Doctor Blake. She became a well known writer/poet in the Boston area.
Entry Fee is €5.
Michael Power was born on October 17, 1804 in Halifax, Nova Scotia to Irish immigrant parents. Something of an unsung hero, Bishop Michael Power started the construction of St. Michael’s Cathedral and founded the Archdiocese of Toronto.
Shortly after his installation as bishop in 1842, Power called a synod. During this meeting, Bishop Power laid down a number of rules designed to put the new Diocese on a firm footing and get it off to a good start. Pastors were not allowed to wander outside of their assigned parishes. Priests were not allowed to charge a fee for the administration of the sacraments. Churches were also required to erect baptismal fonts and confessionals, as well as to keep detailed baptism, marriage and funeral records. Immigrants who wanted to marry were also thoroughly investigated.
One of Bishop Power’s most notable achievements was the foundation of St. Michael’s Cathedral. At that time St. Paul’s parish was serving all of the Catholic population in the city of Toronto. Construction on the Cathedral began in April 1845; however, Bishop Power did not live to see it completed. While ministering to immigrants dying of typhus, he contracted the disease himself and died on October 1, 1847. Bishop Power’s remains were buried in a crypt beneath his unfinished cathedral.
‘The Forgotten Irish’ is a community of Irish people living over two thousand miles from Ireland in Newfoundland, Canada, whose ancestors left their home country six generations ago. Have a look at this Radharc program from RTÉ’s archives, looking at a colony of Irish people for whom time has stood still.
A group in Newfoundland is working with the Power Clan Gathering steering committee in Ireland to facilitate air travel and accommodations for the Power Clan event next June. The package will also include optional tours to other parts of Ireland. For more information, email PowerClanNL@gmail.com
Today we warmly welcome the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Mr. Loyola Hearne, to Waterford for the official launch of the Power Clan Gathering (Friday 7th December).
Coverage of the event will be published later on this site – although we’ve been working hard the past month or so, today is the real starting point for our exciting 2013 event !
Check out the second video of the Irish descendants in Newfoundland … remarkable the similarities.
Check out this interesting series of videos from a program called “An Bothrín Glas” – the Green Road – which features Irish descendants in Newfoundland, Canada – such similarities to the south-east of Ireland – it’s amazing. Any Powers out there in Newfoundland ? Get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.