Published on : Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Prior to being called the Maple Leafs, the top professional hockey team in Toronto was known as the St Pat’s – named after the Toronto St Patrick’s Ontario Hockey Association team – from 1919 until 1927, with strong Irish connections. So, following the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Toronto on Friday, the Maple Leafs kept the festive spirit going for their game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday (18 March) – by sporting their retro green-and-white St Pat’s jersey from the 1920s, honouring that St Pat’s era and their Irish heritage.
Minister of State for Financial Services, eGov and Public Procurement, Eoghan Murphy TD, who was in Canada as part of the ‘Promote Ireland’ programme around St Patrick’s Day, attended the hockey game with Jim Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada, and Dana Welch from Tourism Ireland, where they met with the president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brendan Shanahan – of Irish heritage himself. Minister Murphy also attended the ‘greening’ of several sites around Toronto which were part of Tourism Ireland’s 2017 Global Greening initiative – including the Futalognkosaurus (dinosaur) in the Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto sign and Casa Loma (museum).
Source:- Tourism Ireland
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