Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 20, 2008 09:21 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Irish-Canadian Cultural Association of New Brunswick

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - Irish history and culture will be more accessible to all Canadians thanks to support from the Government of Canada.

Mike Allen, Member of Parliament (Tobique-Mactaquac), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Irish-Canadian Cultural Association of New Brunswick (ICCANB).

The Association will receive more than $49,000 in funding to enhance its website with an interactive section called The Irish Trail of New Brunswick. This section will feature pictures and historical information relating to early Irish settlement, religion, culture, commerce, and technology, as well as links to other resources.

"The Government is proud to participate in the Irish Trail of New Brunswick project, which showcases the region's rich heritage," said Minister Verner. "By working with a variety of partners, such as the Irish-Canadian Cultural Association of New Brunswick, the Government is promoting a strong online presence for Canadian culture."

"Projects like this showcase the potential of the Internet to give Canadians greater access to our culture," said Mr. Allen. "I am proud that our Government is contributing to a project that will help our young people understand the rich culture and history that they have inherited."

"With 38 percent of New Brunswickers being of Irish descent, this new website will serve as an important tool for our organization and many people of the province," said Pat Murphy, Provincial President of the ICCANB. "We are excited to see it come alive and be available to all those interested in discovering our rich Irish culture and heritage."

The Government of Canada has provided this financial assistance through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Gateway Fund, a component of the Canadian Culture Online Strategy. This program, which is committed to fostering a uniquely Canadian presence on the Internet, works with creators, cultural industries, communities, and institutions to produce online Canadian cultural content that promotes our country's rich culture, history, arts, and heritage.

The Irish Trail of New Brunswick website can be found at www.newirelandnb.ca

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101