Honouring Canadian Soldiers Lost to Memory

Great Hall, Hart House Date: 28 May, 2013

On Tuesday, May 28th, the Ireland Park Foundation is hosting a gala dinner in the Great Hall, Hart House to commemorate the Battle of Ridgeway, fought on June 2, 1866. Proceeds will be used to commission a new memorial on the site of the Ridgeway Battle for the 150th Anniversary of the battle in 2016.

The Ridgeway Dinner is being held to restore the names of the first Canadian Army casualties killed in action during the battle, part of the Fenian Raids. Over 1100 officers and men from the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and Queen’s Own Rifles were engaged in combat with over 800 Irish American Fenians, many of who m had previous battle experience in the American Civil War. At the end of the battle, nine Canadian soldiers had been killed, and a similar number of Irish Fenians. Over the passage of time, the names of these men have been lost to history.

Representatives from both the Canadian and Irish governments have been invited to the dinner. Dignitaries in attendance include General John de Chastelain , Ambassador Ray Bassett and Blake Goldring among others.

Cocktails will begin at 6:30pm and dinner at 8:00pm. Dress is business attire. Tickets are $250 each or $2500 for a table of 12.

To purchase tickets, or for more information on the dinner, please email irelandparkfoundation@funnel.ca.

The foundation’s goal is to raise $3.5 million to build a park on the southeast corner of Bathurst Quay to commemorate the Irish Famine experience in Toronto. The design for Ireland Park has been carried out by Jonathan M. Kearns , Architect and Partner with Kearns Mancini Architects.

For more information please contact:
Robert G. Kearns, Chairman and Founder,
Ireland Park Foundation