A new book detailing the remarkable life and legacy of P.E.I. entrepreneur Owen Connolly will be launched at the UPEI Development and Alumni offices at 618 University Avenue from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 18.
You may know Connolly as the iconic bust on top of the Churchill Arms building on Charlottetown’s Queen Street. In Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy, author Leonard Cusack relates the rags-to-riches story of this Irish immigrant, who emerged to become one of P.E.I.’s wealthiest merchants.
When Connolly died in 1887, he left almost his entire fortune to support the post-secondary education of Irish Roman Catholic Islanders. His estate has since distributed close to $3 million in bursaries.
Books will be available for purchase and signing. The book is published by the Estate of Owen Connolly and Island Studies Press.