Government of Canada Signs New Twinning Arrangement with Government of Ireland
“Newfoundland has been described as the most Irish place in the world outside of Ireland. Lying some 1800 miles to the west, Newfoundland is the only place outside Europe with its own distinctive name in the Irish language - Talamh an Éisc, Land of the Fish. This twinning arrangement deepens an old and abiding friendship between Ireland and Canada. It strengthens our common desire to protect nature, preserve our heritage and promote natural and cultural tourism.”
The Honourable Seamus O’Regan,
Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South – Mount Pearl
“I am delighted that my Department through the National Parks and Wildlife Service is entering into a twinning arrangement with Parks Canada. Both parties aim to capitalise on the significant networking and knowledge sharing opportunities given the natural and cultural resources protected and presented by both organisations, as well as our respective mandates. The connections between the people, culture and history of Ireland and the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador in particular further enhance the opportunity for success in working together.”
Josepha Madigan TD
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Terra Nova National Park protects the area where the North Atlantic Ocean touches the Island boreal forest of Eastern Newfoundland. The landscape of the park varies from the rugged cliffs and sheltered inlets of the coastal region to the rolling forested hills, bogs and ponds of the inland.
Signal Hill National Historic Site celebrates the rich communications and military history of Signal Hill and sits amidst a spectacular view of St. John's and the surrounding coastline. Along with its link to telecommunications history, the national historic site was part of harbour defences for St. John's from the 17th century to the Second World War when soldiers of The Royal Newfoundland Regiment manned fortifications.
Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. The iconic Diamond Hill or Bengooria also lies within the park. Western blanket bog and heathland are the predominant vegetation types to be found in the park. The park has a strong association with the Red Data Book species, St. Dabeoc's Heath (Daboecia cantabrica), a species which in Ireland is restricted to Connemara and south Mayo. The Park also maintains a farm of traditional breeds of livestock, including Connemara Ponies and Irish Moiled “Maol” Cattle. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980.
The Marconi Station Historic Site is located at Derrigimlagh Bog, near Clifden, in the West of Ireland and was officially opened October 17, 1907 when commercial signalling commenced between Clifden and Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Named after famed communications pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, the site commemorates significant advances in communications technology during this era. The station originally consisted of a huge condenser house building, a power house with six boilers and a massive aerial system consisting of eight wooden masts. In 1911, Marconi opened a second radio station seven miles away in the village of Letterfrack, installing a separate directional antenna system. The site of this radio station and some of the masts lies within the Connemara National Park. The receiving room is now the Park Manager’s office. The Derrigimlagh site is owned by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, but is managed by the Connemara Chamber of Commerce.
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