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
Monday March 13 at 19:30 — Irish Heritage Quebec will hold an activity in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry, Quebec City.Members and friends are invited. Refreshments will be served and parking stubs for Îlot St-Patrick will be validated. All members who have renewed for 2017 will be eligible to win a 2017 calendar published by the Société historique de Québec.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARY AUGUSTA WILSON
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. War in Afghanistan, Green/Orange riots in Ireland, racial conflicts in the USA – she was close to all of these events and more. 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 quiet life, some would say 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.
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.