March 2016 

  1. The following activities will take place in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry in Quebec City. We hope to see many of you there. Refreshments will be served and parking stubs for Îlot St. Patrick will be validated.

Monday March 14, at 19:30 – John O’Connor will describe the neighborhood surrounding Scott Street in the 1945-1975 era. Photographs culled from the Quebec City Archives and other sources will be presented. The Quiet Revolution of the 1960’s and its aftermath had a profound effect on the area situated between De Salaberry Avenue and the fortifications.  A residential area once inhabited by a significant population of Irish decent was replaced by construction projects of the Government of Quebec and private business interests.

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, April 18, at 19:30 – Dr. Gavin Foster will give a presentation on the 1916 Easter Rising of which this is the centenary. He will consider some of the critical contexts and legacies of the Rising with emphasis on how this seminal event has been reappraised by historians. Issues to be touched on include public responses to the Rising and its aftermath; the relative importance of key figures in the rebellion; the political influences and ideals embodied in the Proclamation of the Republic; the provincial experience during Easter Week; and the Rising’s place in the broader 1913-23 Irish revolutionary process.

Gavin Foster is Associate Professor of modern Irish history in the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. Along with other published works, he is the author of The Irish Civil War and Society: Politics, Class, and Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and will have a chapter on post-revolutionary IRA emigration in the forthcoming Atlas of the Irish Revolution from Cork University Press.

  1. The Shannon Irish Show will be held on Saturday March 12 at 13:00 and 20:00 at the Community Centre, 75 Gosford Road in Shannon. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for children aged 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under. Doors to the Centre open one hour before the curtain rises.
  1. Members of Irish Heritage Quebec are eligible for a $5 reduction in the price of tickets to Grosse-Île, une histoire chorale which will take place on Saturday March 12 at 20:00 and on Sunday March 13 at 14:00. You may purchase tickets at a price of $49 instead of $54. When purchasing tickets at the Palais Montcalm ticket booth (418 641-6040), you should identify yourself as a member of Irish Heritage Quebec.

4. Irish Heritage Quebec has registered to walk in the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec. The 2016 parade will be held on Saturday March 19. Please let us know by email or phone if you plan to walk with us.

Irish Heritage Quebec’s office is open on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 13:00 until 15:00. It is also open on request on other occasions. Please contact Joseph Lonergan or John O’Connor at 418 704-3404 for an appointment.

We have irish Heritage Quebec pins in stock.

Price: $5.00 plus shipping.