Monday, October 18, 2010
Celtic Culture in Ottawa
Some of the ancestors on my father's side, including the woman whose grave I recently visited, came to Ottawa from England and Ireland. Some of them moved to NY State, but others undoubtedly stayed there and worked on the Rideau Canal. As we toured the various historical sites, we learned that many Irish immigrants came to Ottawa for work - hundreds died there and were buried in mass graves. They were honored with the beautiful statue pictured above near the Bytown Museum - a building that many insist is haunted by Irish ghosts (myself included after a frightening incident Friday evening!).
Follow Rue Elgin towards the Museum of Nature, and you'll come across The Manx Pub. Clearly the Irish aren't the only Celts with a hold on Ottawa! Although we weren't able to visit the pub this visit, I had Weretoad take a photo of their amazing signs. Look at the Manx cats and the beautiful Manx triskelion! I definitely want to check this place out next time.
* Guinness isn't vegetarian...
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