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Rathfriland Sister City

Rathfriland Sister City

The City of Armstrong began the twinning relationship with Rathfriland in 2015.

Rathfriland is an agricultural community within County Down in Northern Ireland. The twinning relationship is special because it was the 1835 birthplace of Catherine (O'Hare) Schubert.

O'Hare sailed to the United States when she was 16 years old and within a few years married a German carpenter, Augustus Schubert.

The Schubert's contributed locally as Round Prairie Road farming pioneers. More significantly Catherine, historically known as Lady Overlander, was the first European woman to enter British Columbia by trekking overland across the Canadian prairies and over the Rockies. She did this with three children ages five, three and one. What's more, she began the trek while concealing her second-trimester forth pregnancy. As it happened the trip took longer than anticipated, and Catherine went into labour while on a raft on the Thompson River. Her baby girl Rose, became the first girl of European heritage to be born in British Columbia.

One of the local hiking mountains is named after Rose.

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Rathfriland, Bainbridge - Northern Ireland: