Our McClair Project (MCP) continues…
Memories, and legacies, were made to be carried on and be respected, through the generations and centuries.
The impressions formed 200 years ago via the legacy of McClair are still alive and continue to help us forge bonds between active and interested people from around the globe, promising a continuation into the future.
Last Friday, our MCP working group held its first meeting with Maurice J. Casey, historian in residence at EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum (Dublin).
Naturally, the central point of our talks was the accomplishments and contributions made by Denis McClair (1762 Fairfield–1853 Dubno); about this outstanding person, who brought modern landscape design to Ukraine and relocated to this region for the rest of his life, but never forgot the roots of his origin – Ireland.
It is a big honour for us to revitalize the memory of McClair in his homeland, where he is almost forgotten, and to contribute to the Global Ireland Strategy by making visible the footprints of Irish men and women in Ukraine.
To this end, writing and releasing an article about McClair to be published in leading Irish media is imminent. The main idea of this publication is to not only promote Ireland, but also his second home…our beloved Ukraine.
The meeting was assisted by two members of our MCP working group Natalia Lushnikova and Alla Kucherova, both from National University of Water Management and Environmental Engineering (Rivne).
A big thank you to Colm Markey, MEP, for drawing our attention to EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum, and for all your other assistance in our common Ukrainian-Irish bridge building process!