Glencree Centre for Reconciliation

Glencree Centre for Reconciliation

October 12, 2005 18:22 ET

Bombardier Makes Canadian Thanksgiving at Glencree Special

COUNTY WICKLOW, IRELAND--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 12, 2005) - The second Monday in October is the day Canadians mark Thanksgiving. On October 10th, Canada's Ambassador to Ireland H.E. Mr. Mark Moher cut a ribbon to officially re-open the Canada Room, the main meeting room of the Glencree Centre for Reconciliation. As fitting for the occasion as the Thanksgiving date was that the Room's complete refurbishing was made possible by a generous donation from the Bombardier Aerospace (Northern Ireland) Foundation. Each year the foundation provides funding to education, charity and relief organisations as well as local community projects.

Bombardier was represented by Sir George Quigley, Chairman Short Brothers plc and Chairman of the Bombardier Aerospace (NI) Foundation. Also included in the guest list were four members of the Canadian Senate, a number of Ambassadors and other members of the international diplomatic community in Dublin as well as the Irish Canadian Society and Glencree representatives.

"This is a wonderful gift," said Máirin Colleary, Glencree's Chief Executive." The Canada Room is at the heart of our activity. We are very grateful for the Bombardier Aerospace (Northern Ireland) Foundation's generosity and for the Irish Canadian Society's enthusiastic support under whose auspices the gift was arranged.

"Glencree and the Canadian Government, through its Embassy in Dublin, have enjoyed very active co-operation for many years. Canada is regarded as a world leader in conflict management and resolution and Glencree has benefited enormously from Canadian experience and expertise" the Glencree Chief Executive added.

Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Mr. Mark Moher, also praised the Bombardier Foundation. "Canada is honoured that Glencree's principal meeting room bears its name. I am especially proud of the leadership of the Irish Canadian Society and of the generosity shown by the Bombardier Foundation as well as other members of the Canadian community in supporting the Glencree Centre's invaluable work," he added.

Sir George Quigley, Chairman Short Brothers plc and Chairman of the Bombardier Aerospace (NI) Foundation, expressed the Foundation's pleasure in providing the gift. "Bombardier, with our extensive supply base throughout the island, has significant involvement in the economies of both the Republic and Northern Ireland", he said. "We are very pleased to support Glencree's work of reconciliation in this way and to mark this important link between the North and South of Ireland and Canada."
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