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March Activity


March Activity

Monday March 13 at 19:30 — Irish Heritage Quebec will hold an activity in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry, Quebec City. Mary Wilson’s travels to Québec took years and covered a wide territory ranging from Limerick across the broad Atlantic and through Chicago and Vero Beach.  Her descendant, Wilson Price, tells her story with the aid of old photographs, documents, public records and the odd history book.  The presentation covers Mary Wilson’s life of luxury in Ireland, immigration to the United States, new world discrimination against the Irish, a family alone on a deserted island and the move north to a new life.

Wilson Price graduated from St Patrick’s High School in 1959.  St. Pat’s gave him the knowledge and work habits needed to obtain a B.ScA. in Engineering Physics at Université Laval as well as MSc and PhD degrees in industrial engineering at the University of Birmingham, England. He earned these degrees as an officer in the Canadian army, and as such he commanded a combat engineering troop, taught as an academic instructor at the Royal Military College in Kingston and worked as a scientific staff officer at DND headquarters.  He served as a professor and department chairman at the University of Ottawa and then joined the staff of Université Laval in 1975.  He retired from that post in 2001.  ‘Retirement’ meant serving as a visiting professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  During his career he took time off to join Price-Waterhouse as a senior I.T. director.  He often acted as an advisor to Canadian and US organizations, including the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP, Transport Canada, United Technologies, and Ericsson Communications.  He served as national president of CORS, the professional organization in his field, and chaired the relevant Canadian government research grants committee.  His proudest accomplishment is in the success of the many students that he taught and whose research he guided.

February Activity

February Activity

Monday February 13 at 19:30 Brad Kent will give a presentation entitled Sean O’Faolain, the Irish Public Intellectual, and European Culture. Sean O’Faolain remains one of the most contentious figures in modern Irish history. Despite having been a bomb-maker and propagandist for the IRA, a Commonwealth fellow at Harvard University and an internationally respected short story writer, novelist and biographer, his reputation has come to be defined by his role as the leading public intellectual and polemicist of the post-independence period. This lecture will introduce people to this fascinating and sometimes paradoxical figure, with a particular focus on his attempts to ensure that Ireland, at the time dominated by an isolationist ethos, recognized its historical links to European culture, a timely consideration in the wake of Brexit and populist movements against the EU.

Brad Kent is associate professor of British and Irish literatures at Université Laval. In 2013-14 he was visiting professor at Trinity College Dublin. Most recently, he has published George Bernard Shaw in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2015), The Selected Essays of Sean O’Faolain (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016), and a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (Oxford University Press, 2016). He is currently working on an eight-volume series of the writings of Bernard Shaw for Oxford’s World Classics.  Click here is a link to a review on Brad Kent’s  anthology of O’Faolain’s essays.

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January Activity

Monday January 16, at 19:15— Irish Heritage Quebec will present the documentary 1916 The Irish Rebellion in McMahon Hall, 1145 de Salaberry in Quebec City. Narrated by Liam Neeson, this 86 minute award-winning documentary tells the dramatic story of the events that took place in Dublin during Easter Week 1916, when a small group of Irish rebels took on the might of the British Empire. This documentary features a coimagesmbination of rarely seen archival footage, new segments filmed on location worldwide, and interviews with leading international experts. An initiative of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, this landmark documentary tells the story of the 1916 Easter Rising in a comprehensive way and, for the first time, places these events in their proper historical, political and cultural context as the precursor to an independent Irish state and the disintegration of colonial empires worldwide. Admission is free. We hope to see many members and friends in attendance. Parking stubs for Îlot St-Patrick will be validated.

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