Sir William Tyrone Guthrie 1900-1971 was a celebrated Tony Award-winning theatrical director who was instrumental in founding the Stratford Festival of Canada.
He was a great-grandson of the 19th century Irish actor Tyrone Power and also a cousin of the Hollywood actor Tyrone Power.
At his death in 1971 Tyrone Guthrie, with the encouragement of his family, left the house in his will to the Irish State for use as a residential workplace for artists.
"I am delighted to see The Ireland Canada Story project finally begin to come to fruition.
I have known Lynne Loftus since she began to develop the resources and when she told me of the strong links that she had discovered between Monaghan and the Miramichi, NB and Peterborough, Ontario, I knew we should explore the possibility of twinning. Lynne facilitated first contact for us with the Irish communities in both areas and in the case of the Miramichi she arranged for Jim Rees, the Arklow historian, to present our letter to the committee of the annual Miramichi Irish Festival. I then set the wheels in motion to begin the twinnings. As with our original twinning with Prince Edward Island, both arrangements have been extremely successful and each year we have many Canadian visitors."