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Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Launches a Fund-Raising Appeal to Replace the Slates of the Building




DUBLIN – Dr. William Morton, the Dean of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has raised a fund-raising appeal for the replacement of slates of the higher roofs of the building. In the appeal, members of the public, in person and online have been invited to involve in philanthropic activities regarding sponsoring of slates. The decision has been taken as the roofs have encountered some problems due to aging. The slates are being sourced from the Welsh state mine and it is the same source which was used to get slates for the restoration in the 19th century.

Rusting of nails and delamination of some plates are the popular reasons why the steps to carry out the restoration work has been decided to execute. In the 1860s, the Cathedral took such a big project which was funded by Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness. Also, he supervised the full-scale restoration of the building personally. Currently, the project demands the entire roofs to be re-slated which would cost 9 million euros. Many big slate units have enrolled themselves in such restoration work and is one such entity from Welsh which is popular for carrying out such works. This entity is also known for providing Welsh slate house signs and engravings. And that is one of the reasons why it has enrolled for such tasks many times.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has been popular for choral worship and its Choir School, which is the oldest school in Ireland. Also, it is counted in the top tourist attractions in Dublin and over 6 lakh people visited it in the year 2018. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is also famous for various arts events such as musical and choral recitals, exhibitions and lectures. Many other workshops and events are organized annually in its Education Department for children.

Dean Morton said that it is imperative to carry out the fundraising work for the restoration of slate and marble on a large scale in order to preserve the 800 years of history of the Cathedral. The starting price for individual sponsorship packages is 50 euros. Donors could also donate a slate in the memory of their loved ones. He said that 5 million euros have already been raised and they are hopeful that they would meet the financial target in the near future.

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Top Road Trip Destinations in Canada




Did you know that 1.93 million Americans traveled to Canada in 2020? That number was down year-over-year due to COVID-related travel restrictions. 

While some Americans visit the Great White North via plane, others prefer road trips. It can be fun to plan an itinerary, book a hotel, pack the luggage, load your family into the car, and head to the border. But if a road trip to Canada is in the plans for you and yours this summer, what Canadian destinations are worth the potentially thousands of miles of driving? Keep reading to learn about the top road trip destinations in Canada.

Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan

Grasslands National Park is one of Canada’s 44 national parks and park reserves. Whether you’re an earlier bird or a night owl, the national park in Southern Saskatchewan provides an ideal prairie landscape. It’s the perfect place to unwind, immerse yourself in nature, and recalibrate your life.

Enjoy the great outdoors on a campsite, or take part in hiking adventures by exploring trails. The solitude and breathtaking beauty of this national park will leave you in awe. Make time for the Ecotour Scenic Drive. It’s about 20 km (around 12.5 miles) long and will take one to three hours to complete depending on your pace. 

Toronto to Stratford, Ontario

If there’s one Canadian city most Americans have heard of, it’s Toronto. Toronto, the capital of Ontario, is the fourth largest city on the continent. It’s also home to the only authentic castle in North America. Casa Loma, located in midtown Toronto, is worth the visit. So, too, is the CN Tower, which is the biggest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. The city also has citizens representing 200+ ethnic groups. 

While there’s plenty to see and do in Toronto, why stop there? It’s a good idea to include a Toronto-to-Stratford excursion while on your road trip to Canada. You must travel 150 km (about 93 miles ) west to get to Stratford. You’ll see Victorian architecture and get to take in the live theater. Most Americans probably haven’t heard of Stratford before. But when you come for a visit, there’s a good possibility you won’t ever forget it.

North Cape Coastal Drive, Prince Edward Island

If you haven’t ever taken a road trip to Prince Edward Island, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s Canada’s smallest province, but it sure offers a boatload of fun. Are you a foodie or do you like to indulge in the local cuisine when traveling? Check out the western peninsula. You can delight your tastebuds with the range of food available. 

Make time to visit the Canadian Potato Museum in the province. After taking in the sites and attractions at the museum, enjoy a meal at the onsite PEI Potato Country Kitchen. The menu has items like the chili topped baked potato, which features a baked potato, homemade chili, and cheese. Meanwhile, the pulled pork potato features a baked potato topped with pulled pork, cheese, and sour cream on the side. That’s just a sampling, and all baked potato dishes are served with fresh-cut, homemade chips.

If you’re intersted in a U.S. to Canada road trip this year, the options above will give you some ideas. The sky’s the limit since there’s so much to see and do. 

You’ll want to ensure your vehicle is in good working order to avoid breakdowns. You’ll also want to stay alert on the road since you’ll be traveling a lot of miles and spending hours behind the wheel of your car. 

If you get into an accident, you must know what to do. In addition to reporting the accident, calling your insurer, and possibly even booking a rental car to complete your road trip, you’ll want to contact a personal injury lawyer if anyone is injured. 

No one wants to consider accidents or injuries when on a road trip. But it’s best to hope for the best while being prepared for the worst. You’ll enjoy the journey and the destination a lot more when you’ve done everything possible to prepare for any possible issues.

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