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Loyola Hearn

Political Ambassador

Loyola Hearn (born March 25, 1943 in Renews, Newfoundland) is the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland. He served as a Member of the Canadian House of Commons from 2000 to 2008, and as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans from February 6, 2006 to October 30, 2008.

His father is from Carrick-on-Suir and left Carrick around 1800, which was before the famine. His mother’s side were Sheehans, and came from Kilkenny. Hearn was born in the fishing village of Renews, Newfoundland where he received his early education. After graduating from high school, he began his studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of New Brunswick.

On November 19, 2010, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced the appointment of Hearn as Canada's Ambassador to Ireland, succeeding Patrick Binns.