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A happy crowd celebrated Canada's 152nd at Malahide Castle on Sunday, June 30.

The event was sponsored by a generous Air Canada donation and its Ireland Sales Manager Blaithin O'Donnell also brought along Air Canada logo'd items for draw prizes and take aways for everyone attending.

Draw prizes were also donated by the National Concert Hallthe Woolshed Sports Barthe AVOCA shopat the Castle's Visitor Centre and the Castle's operator Shannon Heritage which also offered attendees a discount on post-Picnic Castle tours.

ICS provided an array of Canadiana draw prizes, as well as Canada T-shirts for the winners of the races and games played to great excitement on the lawns of the Castle's Walled Garden, which was resplendent with gorgeous blooms from its round-the-world botanical collection. The Walled Garden's roaming peacock and pea hen attraction and its Butterfly House were popular with the picnickers, too.

Sean Conlon and David Raftery were the winners of the ICS Membership fee refund draws, the first for those remitting prior to the event and the second for the same group plus those remitting at the event. McDonnell arranged a gorgeous Happy Birthday Canada cake and refreshments, Tara and Eoghan Boland managed the always-popular event starter -- the piñata, Liz Downey oversaw the races and games and Susan Brazel arranged the NCH and Woolshed prize donations and helped with the decorations and a bit of everything else.

The Castle's facilities have already been reserved for the next ICS Canada Day Picnic celebration on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Dave Wilson
ICS 2019 Canada Day Committee Chair




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