Catharine Fleming McKenty


Catharine McKenty grew up on her grandparents’ farm, “Donlands,” then eight miles outside the Toronto city limits on Don Mills Road. She went in every day to Bishop Strachan School,
where she won scholarships in French and German. After taking a degree in English at Victoria College, University of Toronto, she
spent four winters as a volunteer in the mining area of post-war Germany with an international group of young people involved in reconstruction. Later she was Research Editor for Pace, a magazine for young people, based in Los Angeles and New York, and linked with the international musical group Up With People. Next came a stint as a speechwriter for the Ontario Minister of
Education in Toronto. At that time she met her future husband,author-broadcaster Neil McKenty on the dance floor. They now live in Montreal. Catharine worked at the Reader’s Digest; and she and her husband co-authored a best-seller on the early days of Laurentian skiing: Skiing Legends and the Laurentian Lodge Club. In 2002, Catharine set out to find the Fleming family farm in Northern Ireland, where the Corey family welcomed her and shared their knowledge of the old Irish ways. Catharine did much of her research in the Omagh Public Library (Tyrone Constitution 1844-47, and 100th and 150th anniversary editions). The Ulster American Folk Park; the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and Linen Hall Library, Belfast.

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