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Celebrating March 17

Here are links to activities on line which you may wish view in lieu of the pandemic’s curtailment of St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

50th Shannon Irish Show Revisited: currently viewable at

March 16, 7 pm: “Meet Your Irish Neighbours” with Fergus Keyes:

March 20, 7 pm: Premier of new QAHN-produced video documentary, “Echoes of a Fine-Tuned Valley: Musical Memories from the Jacques-Cartier Area”:

March 17: Under the artistic direction of Cyrille-Gauvin Francoeur and Josée La Roche, this historical documentary will present the testimony of a descendant of an Irish family, as well as that of an Irish immigrant to Quebec. In addition, a performance by the Pipes & Drums Of The Emerald Society of the New York City Police Department will be presented. This group has marched every year in Saint-Patrick’s parade in Quebec City since 2010.

March 17, 11:30 am: Mass will be celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day at St Patrick’s Church on de Salaberry however attendance will be limited to 21 households (bubbles) to a maximum of 50 people in keeping with the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

The Evolution of Halloween

Tuesday 27th October, 5pm EST

Did you know that Ireland has celebrated Halloween for over 1,000 years? Do you know why we carve pumpkins or wear masks? Do you know to be careful not to be drawn into the Otherworld on Halloween Night? The Irish Embassy in Ottawa is facilitating access to this virtual event tracing the story of Halloween back and forth across the Atlantic from ancient Celtic traditions to modern celebrations. The evening will also feature a special rendition of a Halloween story from Irish legend!

This event was live-streamed on their YouTube channel and can be seen here YouTube channel 

Speakers include:

·     Julie Le Blanc, Professor of Celtic Studies at the University of Ottawa

·     Kelly Fitzgerald, Head of Irish Folklore and Ethnography at the School of Irish, Celtic Studies at University College Dublin

·     Chantal Kobel, Bergen Fellow at the School of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

In Search of the 1490 with Mark McGowan

☘☘☘ In April of 2019 Irish Heritage Quebec hosted the Great Famine Voices Roadshow. The keynote speaker was Mark McGowan of the University of Toronto. The Irish Embassy in Ottawa has arranged for him to give an updated version of his lecture. This lecture will be live streamed on the Embassy’s
 YouTube channel on Thursday 01 October at 7pm EST.
Irish Heritage Quebec invites you to watch it. ☘☘☘

Professor McGowan has described this lecture as follows:

This month the Government of Ireland officially opened the National Famine Way, a 160 km walking trail along the Royal Canal from the Shannon to Dublin. The way was inspired by the trek of 1490 assisted migrants from the estate of Major Denis Mahon at Strokestown, County Roscommon, to Dublin, and then Quebec via Liverpool. About 30% of these migrants died without ever having landed in Quebec. Mark McGowan of the University of Toronto has been the lead researcher tracking what happened to the remnants of 271 families that began this journey in 1847 in the hope of carving out new lives in Canada as they fled the ravages of an Gorta Mor. He follows their pathway from Ireland to Grosse Ile, Quebec City, Rimouski, Lotbiniere, Montreal, Niagara, New York, and New Orleans. 

Easter Newsletter

☘☘☘ The following resolution was adopted by the Board of Directors of Irish Heritage Quebec today. April 10, 2020 .

Donation to Moisson Québec

WHEREAS the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency is causing distress to our fellow citizens in the Greater Quebec City Region, with many people being forced to turn to food banks and other charities for their basic needs;

WHEREAS the story and presence of the Irish in Quebec City are intimately bound to the hardships of famine and hunger;

On motion duly made, seconded and carried unanimously, the following resolution is passed:

Resolved:  Irish Heritage Quebec make a donation to the local food bank Moisson Québec in the amount of $3,000.  ☘☘☘


All Irish Heritage Quebec activities are cancelled until further notice because of the current COVID-19 crisis and the requirement to maintain social distancing. In the meantime you are encouraged to browse our website. Irish Heritage Quebec will continue to reply to genealogical queries on line. Good health to you all.

Music and the preservation of Irish-Canadian heritage by Kate Bevan-Baker.

Sunday March 8 at 19:30 in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry

A culture is often defined by its music, language and traditions that are passed down from one generation to the next. This presentation will discuss the role and importance of Irish music in Canada, featuring performances and analysis of specific examples. Traditional music plays a pivotal role in the maintenance of lifeworlds of Irish settlers and their ancestors. Drawing on interviews, transcription analyses, and archival recordings, this talk focuses on performance histories of past and present Irish musicians and explores the cultural memory and collective sense of place that give musical meaning to the pieces these musicians perform. Kate will also investigate the centuries of technological change and how it has affected the recording, performance, and appreciation of Irish traditional music.

Newfoundland-born Kate Bevan-Baker holds violin performance degrees from Memorial and McGill Universities, and a PhD specializing in Irish Music on PEI from Concordia University where she was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Scholar. She was the winner of Concordia University’s Doctoral Thesis Defense Award in 2018, and the recipient of the inaugural Rhona Richman Kenneally Award for the top PhD paper at the Canadian Association for Irish Studies conference in 2018. Kate’s music performance career has taken her to Russia, across Canada twice with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, to China for the 2010 World Expo with rock band Hey Rosetta!, the 2010 JUNO Awards performing with Michael Bublé, as well as playing with symphony orchestras and chamber groups across Canada. Kate is a founding member of the Newfoundland-based ECMA-nominated traditional band, The Dardanelles, and currently plays fiddle and sings with the Montreal-based Celtic trio, Solstice. She has been featured on many nation-wide radio and television broadcasts, and can be heard on over thirty CDs, videogame, and movie soundtracks. Kate currently lives in Montreal where she balances and active performance and teaching schedule.