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May 29, 2007
Media Advisory: Unveiling of new street sign leading to the waterfront’s Ireland Park
The section of Bathurst Street south of Queen’s Quay is being renamed Éireann Quay. Éireann is Gaelic for Ireland. The City approved the name change in connection with the opening of Ireland Park on the waterfront on June 21 and commemoration of the role of the Irish in Toronto’s development since the mid-1800s. The new street name and sign at Queen’s Quay will also be important because it will help people find Ireland Park.

Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina), who recommended to the Toronto and East York Community Council that it approve the name change, and Robert Kearns of the Ireland Park Foundation, will speak briefly and unveil the new street sign on May 30.

Date: Wednesday, May 30
Time: 5 p.m.
Place: Intersection of Bathurst Street and Queen’s Quay

In 1847, about 38,000 Irish immigrants arrived in Toronto, fleeing from famine in their homeland and almost doubling Toronto’s population with their arrival. Ireland Park commemorates those original immigrants and their descendents, and the contributions they have made to the city’s history. Mary McAleese, the President of Ireland and patron of Ireland Park, plans to visit Toronto for the official opening of Ireland Park.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Councillor Adam Vaughan, 416-392-4044
Robert Kearns, Ireland Park Foundation, 416-363-6474



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