There are perhaps hundreds of thousands of people descended from more than 2,000 Irish who traveled from Cork to Canada in the 1820’s as part of an experiment in assisted emigration. Over 50,000 people applied to be among Peter Robinson’s settlers, from which 2,024 were selected. It’s a fascinating story that I hadn’t come across before. Many of the settlers came from the towns and villages surrounding the Blackwater River in County Cork. I live near the area and have taken boat trips on this waterway, which runs through a rich and fertile landscape dotted with ruined castles and stately homes.
Canadian, Mary Cooper, descendant of Patrick and Margaret Heffernan from Kilworth, shares the story of her family, who took that journey from Cork to Canada in 1823 among Peter Robinson’s Settlers. How difficult it must have been for them to leave family and friends behind, knowing they might never set eyes on them again.