Grosse Île; The Musical

Members in the Montreal area or members who missed it in Quebec City may wish to go see Grosse Île; The Musical, a play by John Halpin, Margaret Forrest and Hubert Radoux based on the tragedy on Grosse Île in 1847. It will be playing at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall at Concordia University with the support of Concordia’s School of Irish Studies. Evening performances on October 27-28 and November 3-4 will be at 20:00. Afternoon performances on October 29 and November 5 will be at 14:00. 

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Grosse Île Excursion

Saturday August 5, an Irish Heritage group of twenty-two went on a day excursion to Grosse Île. Joe Lonergan addressed the membership at the great stone cross. From there we to the newer memorial where the names of those who died on the island are etched in glass. Later we took the trolley tour to the lazaretto and finally visited the immigrant reception area. We were thankful that the rain held off until we were in transit back to Berthier-sur-Mer.

These are the descendants of John McNaughton who toured St. Patrick’s Cemetery on July 1 with John O’Connor. This was the 200th anniversary of the arrival of John McNaughton in the Quebec City area.

Monday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.- Irish Heritage Quebec will hold an activity in McMahon Hall, 1145 de Salaberry in Quebec City. Gary Lynch will give a presentation on his interest in vintage automobiles and the restoration of a 1929 Hudson Essex which he will have on display. Gary Lynch is a St. Patrick’s High School graduate. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Physical Education from Acadia University and a Master of. Science from Laval University. He is currently teaching Physical Education. Refreshments will be served and parking stubs for Îlot St-Patrick will be validated. For more information, please contact Irish Heritage Quebec at 418-704-3404.

Flea Market

Saturday May 13, 9:00 -13:00, Irish Heritage will hold a flea market. Those willing to volunteer to set up for the sale on Friday May 12, to help at the sale or contribute items are asked to contact us. We are interested in books, CDs, LPs, sporting goods, tools, jewelry and pins, small furniture, dishes. kitchenware, purses, suitcases, bags, picture frames and collectibles. All proceeds of the sale will be used for Irish Heritage Quebec activities.

Monday May 8, at 19:30 Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin will give an illustrated presentation based on ‘Ghost of the Carricks: An Irish Famine Odyssey in Rural Quebec’, a forthcoming documentary film which he produced and directed. The documentary profiles the coffin ship Carricks of Whitehaven that foundered off the Gaspé coast in April 1847.

Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, a native of Clare, is an award-winning Irish musician, ethnomusicologist and cultural historian. Formerly Jefferson Smurfit Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, he holds the bilingual Johnson Chair in Quebec and Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. He has performed, broadcast, adjudicated and lectured on Irish music throughout Europe and North America. Funded by the Quebec government, his research focuses on cultural memory and Irish soundscapes in Quebec and Canada since the fall of New France.

Monday April 10 Irish Heritage Quebec will hold an activity in McMahon Hall, 1145 de Salaberry in Quebec City. Joe Lonergan will give a presentation entitled From Shamrock to Maple: The Evolution of St. Patrick’s Cadet Corps, Number 208. He will trace the transformation of the unit from one that initially fostered Irish nationalism to one that fostered a developing Canadian identity. Joe Lonergan graduated from St Patrick’s High School, received a B.A. from St. Lawrence College and received a B.Ed and a Master of Arts in History from St. Mary’s University. Now retired from St. Patrick’s High School having worked in education for thirty-five years, he is currently President of Irish Heritage Quebec. Refreshments will be served and parking stubs for Îlot St-Patrick will be validated. For more information phone Irish heritage Quebec at 418-704-3404

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