BATTLE OF RIDGEWAY AND THE 1866
AMERICAN FENIAN RAID ON CANADA:
|Schedule of Events: Saturday, June 2, 2012 in Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada.|
|9:30 - 11:00 AM||
|1:00 to 4:00 PM||
BATTLE OF RIDGEWAY AND 1866 FENIAN RAID ON CANADA CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
June 2, 2012 - 1:00 - 4:00 PM - Sanctuary Centre for the Arts - 209 Ridge Road - L0S 1N0 followed by Reception 7:00 PM
(Moderator) is the President and Founder of
Kearns Insurance Corporation and Kearns Investment Corporation and has been
continually involved in the commemoration of Irish and Canadian history.
Originally from Dublin, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Archaeology and Greek and Roman Civilizations from University College Dublin,
before immigrating to Canada in 1979. As the Chairman and Founder of Ireland
Park Foundation, he articulates his vision of creating full recognition for the
Irish community and their history in Canada. He also serves as Chairman of the
campaign for Celtic Studies at St. Michael’s College at the University of
Toronto and Director of the Halifax Aircraft Association, a ten year project
with Canadian veterans to restore a second world war Halifax bomber to
commemorate the ten thousand Canadians who failed to return from their service
in bomber command. More recently he has undertaken the cause for official
recognition of the “Ridgeway Nine”—modern Canada’s forgotten first servicemen
killed in action on June 2, 1866.
Canada’s first modern battle was fought on June 2, 1866 near
the village of Ridgeway during the Fenian Raid on Canada. One thousand Irish
American Fenian insurgents, mostly veterans of the recent American Civil War,
invaded across the Niagara River at Fort Erie, Ontario, from Buffalo, New York.
The objective was to take Canada hostage in a bid to expel the British monarchy
from Ireland and establish an independent Irish republic. The Irish insurgents
crossing at Fort Erie were the vanguard of a planned 20,000-strong Fenian army
preparing to invade along numerous points of the US-Canadian border.
As the Fenian force at Fort Erie threatened to take the nearby strategic Welland Canal, 841 Canadian militia troops fought approximately 700-800 Fenians on Limestone Ridge in Canada’s first battle fought in the modern age of telegraph, steam engines and the rifled barrel, the first fought exclusively by Canadian troops and led entirely by Canadian officers and the last battle fought against foreign invaders in what would become Ontario. It was also an unmitigated disaster of such proportions that the history of the Battle of Ridgeway was covered up so thoroughly that few Canadian today have heard of it./>
What happened at Ridgeway, how and why it was covered up, who were the Fenians, why did the Irish invade Canada in 1866, and did the United States secretly back the invasion, are some of the subjects of the conference which will commemorate the battle on its 146th anniversary on June 2, 2012, on a Saturday exactly as it fell in 1866.
The Sanctuary Centre for the Arts - 209 Ridge Road - L0S
1N0 - June 2, 2012
Presented by the First Annual Ridgeway Reads Literary Festival