Ir­ish Warmth and Rich Cul­ture

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - HOME / STEP INSIDE - Writ­ten by VERA CODY Photography by MARK HOLLERON

The Ir­ish are known for be­ing very hos­pitable and plac­ing a great im­por­tance on fam­ily life. There is an old Ir­ish say­ing: “May you be blessed with warmth in your home, love in your heart, peace in your soul and joy in your life.”

When you step into the mag­nif­i­cently ren­o­vated of­fi­cial res­i­dence of Ire­land’s cur­rent am­bas­sador to Canada, Dr. Ray Bas­sett, you are gra­ciously wel­comed to a home that is a stun­ning show­piece to the cul­tural her­itage of Ire­land. It high­lights colour­ful art and ex­quis­ite home fur­nish­ings cre­ated by tal­ented Ir­ish artists and ar­ti­sans.

This sixth gen­er­a­tion Dubliner en­joys walk­ing around his Rock­cliffe Park neigh­bour­hood with a guide book in hand to learn about the his­tory of the leafy old vil­lage, which has many res­i­dents of Ir­ish de­scent. Miss­ing his five chil­dren and wife Patricia Howe, who re­mains in Ire­land while their youngest son fin­ishes his fi­nal year of high school, the am­bas­sador has be­come an ac­tive part of the vil­lage com­mu­nity and is look­ing for­ward to en­joy­ing his first Cana­dian Christ­mas.

Pre­par­ing for the Christ­mas hol­i­days in Ot­tawa is not so dif­fer­ent than cel­e­brat­ing back home, and many of the out­door trees at the res­i­dence will be lit up to cre­ate a warm wel­come for his fam­ily who are join­ing him for

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