There was an emotional pre-Rose of Tralee moment for the Queensland Rose, Ciara Phelan, when she was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage at Croke Park.
Ciara, whose mother Anne was born in Dublin and whose father’s family can be traced back to Upperchurch, Co. Tipperary, was among fifteen overseas Roses who gathered on the Etihad Skyline for the celebratory event.
Ciara’s Great Grandfather Pierce Phelan was born in 1857 and emigrated to Geelong, Victoria in 1888 where he worked as a Publican.
Sporting the Tipperary jersey, Ciara was presented with her certificate by leading Kerryman, Dick Spring.
The Certificate of Irish Heritage is a Government document, signed by An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore, as an official recognition of a person’s Irish ancestry by the Government of Ireland. Anyone in Ireland can give one of these beautiful certificates to their relatives or contacts overseas, as a permanent reminder of the deep emotional ties which link Irish families and communities together.
Each Certificate is a personal record of the recipient’s Irish roots, showing the name of their Irish ancestor and the town or parish in Ireland from which they came. The certificate is a keepsake that can be passed on to future generations.