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Allyson Reid was born and raised in Corbyville, Ontario with roots in Monaghan, Fermanagh, Armagh, and Cork.
She is a founding and current member of Ciorcail Chomhrá Thoronto (Toronto Irish Language Circles) and is a founding member and PR Chair for Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada (Canada’s only out-door Irish language and cultural festival).
Allyson served on Cumann na Gaeltachta (the board that oversees the activities at the North American Gaeltacht in Tamworth, Ontario) for several years and was proud to have shared two “Global Gaeilge” awards from Glór na nGael with her fellow board members during her term.
Through her company, Chockablock Productions she has covered Irish language events since 2005 and continues to send video footage to Irish news programs in need of Canadian content.
Allyson’s great great great great great grandfather James died while in the quarantine hospital on Grosse Ile and his wife Margaret was buried at sea in the dark summer of 1847.
Being a part of the Ireland Canada Monument is an honour felt by her whole family and sends a nod to the people who took a chance on a new life in Canada.
L to R Allyson’s Great Grandmother Emily Haggerty from County Cork in Ireland, her Grandfather Tom Reid and her Great Grandfather Tom Reid Senior from Scotland.