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Compassion and necessity: the support of the Irish orphans of 1847-1848.

☘☘☘ Monday February 12 at 19:30 pm – Irish Heritage Quebec will hold an activity in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry in Quebec City. Marie-Claude Belley will give a presentation entitled Compassion and necessity: the support of the Irish orphans of 1847-1848. The adoption of Irish orphans by the population of Quebec is relatively well known. It has often been related from a heroic and romantic perspective typical of immigration history. With the help of facts and numbers, Marie-Claude Belley will nuance the story and highlight an unknown part of the history, the integration of adopted children into host families. Refreshments will be served and parking stubs for Îlot St-Patrick will be validated. For further information phone Irish Heritage Quebec at 418-704-3404.

In 2003, Marie-Claude Belley submitted a master’s thesis at Laval University on the support of the Irish Orphans from the 1847-1848 emigration years. She has worked for the past 17 years for Parks Canada and is now an advisor specialized in cultural resources management. ☘☘☘

Captain Michel Pouliot- a Nautical Heritage

☘☘☘ Monday, January 15. at 7:30 p.m. – Irish Heritage Quebec hold an activity in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry in Quebec City — Irish Heritage Quebec will receive Captain Michel Pouliot who will present the heritage of the Pouliot family.  He will describe his years at St. Patrick’s School, at the Marine School and at sea.  Michel will also present his experiences as a licensed marine pilot on the St. Lawrence River and comment on the future of the ports on the St. Lawrence River. Members and friends are invited. Come and see the only life preserver from the Titanic left in existence and hear a great raconteur.

Michel Pouliot was born and raised in Quebec City and gained extensive sea experience in the Americas and the West Indies.  He was a licensed marine pilot in the Lower St. Lawrence district from 1965 until his retirement in 2009.  He served as President of the Lower St. Lawrence Pilots’ Association and as President of the Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association.  He is also the only Canadian to have served as President of the International Marine Pilots’ Association. Refreshments will be served and parking stubs for Îlot St-Patrick will be validated. For further information phone Irish Heritage Quebec at 418-704-3404. ☘☘☘

Notice of the annual meeting

Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of Irish Heritage Quebec will be held on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 19:30 in McMahon Hall in the basement of St. Patrick’s Church, 1145 de Salaberry in Quebec City.

The provisional agenda of the meeting is as follows:

  1. Nomination of a Chairperson
  2. Approval of the Agenda
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the Annual Meeting Held December 12, 2016
  4. Annual Report for the Year Ending August 31, 2017
  5. Financial Statements for the Year Ending August 31, 2017
  6. Appointment of Accountants
  7. Election of 4 Directors

Dated November 17, 2017

                                                            On behalf of the Board of Directors

                                                            John O’Connor

                                                            Secretary-Treasurer

N.B.  Immediately following the meeting, Irish Heritage Quebec will present a plaque to Brad Kent for his work in Irish studies and as organizer of the 2018 conference of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies to be held at Laval University in Quebec City on June 13-16.

November Presentation

Monday, November 13 at 19:30- Irish Heritage Quebec will hold an activity in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry.  Marc Durand will give a presentation on Jean Beliveau, the subject of his most recently published book. Copies of his book will be on hand for sale. Members and friends are invited. 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.

Marc Durand is a local sports announcer who has already published a well-acclaimed book on hockey, La Coupe à Québec: Les Bulldogs et la Naissance du Hockey.

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. 

For more information on tickets click here   

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.