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    Newfoundland-Irish festival celebrates links

    By Noreen Bowden | July 5, 2007

    Links between Newfoundland and Ireland were celebrated in Wexford recently, with the third annual festival organised by the Waterford Estuary-Newfoundland Festival of the Sea Committee.

    The festival alternates every year between Ireland and Newfoundland. A delegation from Newfoundland visited for a series of events held in Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny. These included workshops aimed at enhancing links between commercial fishing enterprises between the two regions, a community development conference, and a history conference exploring links between Kilkenny and Newfoundland.

    Nearly half of Newfoundlanders today are of Irish descent; during the pre-Famine era a large number of people from Ireland’ s southeast settled there. The festival is meant to foster collaboration in the cultural, educational and business sectors. Organisers say the festival’s three pillars are:

    • celebrating the history and culture of the linked communities
    • promoting local, sustainable community amenities
    • identifying and responding to community development issues.

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