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.
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