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Students keeping Irish connection alive

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Grade five and six students at Donald Young School in Emo are researching their community’s roots back into the 1880s when Alexander Luttrell travelled from Ireland to Canada, settling on the shores of the Rainy River.

He called his new home Emo after his birthplace in Emo, Ireland.

Now the students eagerly have learned what Emo, Ireland was like 100 years ago, as well what activities take place there today. Letters have been exchanged, along with photographs of the students and their families.

It’s all part of activities leading up to Emo’s centennial celebrations this July.

Centennial committee member Mary Curtis said it’s interesting how well the communications have developed into finding out more about the other person, lifestyle, and culture.

Brian David, principal of Emo National School in Ireland, wrote their parish and staff are very interested to hear about the centennial celebrations happening on this side of the world.

Emo, Ireland is located about 50 miles southwest of Dublin, with the nearest town being Portlaoise. The name Emo comes from old Gaelic UM Magh, meaning the Edge of the Plain.

Using the Internet has been a valuable equipment in the DYS research process.

Our Lady of the Way pupils also have been involved in this project and they, too, have made several contacts, having been successful in return replies.

It’s like a big pen-pal club.

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