☘☘☘ 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.
☘☘☘ Saturday, November 30 from 9:00 to 13:00 – Irish Heritage Quebec will hold a book sale and flea market in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry in Quebec City. We are interested in books, CDs, LPs, tools, jewelry, pins and collectibles. There will be a book selection of Irish interest. ☘☘☘
The Quebec City event is presented by Parks Canada and Irish Heritage Quebec in McMahon hall on Saturday May 11 at 12:30. During this event, in addition to having the opportunity to discuss the subject, participants will be offered exclusive conferences – free of charge. Please join us to share your emigration story and souvenirs of these tragic events. The Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2019 a series of open house events in Canada and the United States. It brings together Irish emigrants, their descendants, and members of their communities to share family memories and stories of coming from Ireland to North America, especially during the period of the Great Hunger and afterwards. here for more the information about this event: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/qc/grosseile/activ/evenements-events/GFVR2019
The Great Famine Voices Roadshow in the USA and Canada is hosted by the National Famine Museum of Strokestown Park, Ireland, and the Irish Heritage Trust, an independent charity.
☘☘☘ Monday, June 18 at 19:30 – Irish Heritage Quebec meeting in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry in Quebec City. John O’Connor will give a presentation on the Quebec Ship Laborers’ Benevolent Society and its role in allowing the Irish community to consolidate its presence in Quebec City. Refreshments will be served and parking stubs for Îlot St. Patrick will be validated. Members and friends are invited to attend. For more information, phone Irish Heritage Quebec at 418-704-3404.
John O’Connor is a graduate of St. Lawrence College and the Faculty of Law of Laval University. He taught for 29 years in the Techniques juridiques Program of Rimouski College and François-Xavier-Garneau College. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Irish Heritage Quebec since 1999.
☘☘☘ Monday May 14 at 7:30 PM Irish Heritage Quebec will hold an activity in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry in Quebec City. Dan Griffin will give a presentation on his recollections of growing up on St. Joachim Street in Quebec City and summering with relations in Shannon. Dan has self-published a book called My Story Book. His book will be on sale at the end of his presentation. All are welcome and admission is free. Refreshments will be served and parking stubs for Îlot St-Patrick validated. ☘☘☘
☘☘☘ Monday, April 9 at 19:30 p.m.- Irish Heritage Quebec will hold an activity in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry in Quebec City. Senator Dennis Dawson will give a presentation on the path of a St. Patrick’s High School boy to the Canadian Senate and his attachment to Liberal values. 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.☘☘☘
Senator Dennis Dawson studied political science at Laval University and at the University of Ottawa where he completed his bachelor’s degree. He also earned a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at Laval University. He began his career in public life as one of the youngest elected school board trustees in Quebec before becoming President of Quebec’s second largest school board, the Quebec City Catholic School Commission. He is a former Liberal Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Louis-Hébert from 1977 to 1984. He is a former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Immigration. Dennis Dawson was appointed to the Canadian Senate in 2005.