Irish Warmth and Rich Culture
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