Ireland pays tribute to Canada Day with monuments bathed in red and some flag waving

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      The usual flag-waving fervour that occurs in Canadian cities on Canada Day will be more subdued this year.

      That's because many Canadians are mourning the rising number of Indigenous children's remains that have been found on or near the grounds of former Indian residential schools. 

      The B.C. communities of Victoria, Penticton, and Port Hardy have cancelled their annual Canada Day events in response to these findings.

      However, on the Emerald Isle, Canada Day is still being recognized in a multitude of ways.

      According to Tourism Ireland, Canada, 23 high-profile locations have been festooned in red or are showing off the maple leaf in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

      They include the Giant's Causeway in Antrim, Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin, Valentia Island, and the House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford.

      The tourism group released the video below to show how the Irish are commemorating Canada Day.

      Video: Locations on the Emerald Isle that are showing love for Canada.

      The first trans-Atlantic flight, first trans-Atlantic cable, and first trans-Atlantic wireless communication were all between Ireland and Canada, according to Tourism Ireland.

      “The links between Ireland and Canada run deep, with over 4.5 million Canadians claiming Irish ancestry," Tourism Ireland, Canada manager Sandra Moffatt said in a news release.

      "We are delighted that, although divided by an ocean, we remain bound by our past and united in our hope for the future. We look forward to when we can welcome Canadian visitors back to the island of Ireland and invite them to explore the connection." 

      Several high-profile Canadian politicians also trace their roots back to Ireland, including former prime ministers Brian Mulroney and Paul Martin, Liberal cabinet minister Catherine McKenna, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole, former NDP leader Tom Mulcair, and Alberta premier Jason Kenney.

      There are also many sporting connections between the two countries, including in ice hockey, as demonstrated in the documentary Puck of the Irish. Connor McDavid, Brendan Shanahan, King Clancy, and many other current and former stars were able to play here because someone in their family history chose to emigrate from Ireland. 

      Belfast Giants head coach Adam Keefe and the Odyssey Trust head of hockey Steve Thornton show off their Canadian roots in the city's Titanic Quarter.
      Tourism Ireland, Canada