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The Celtic Cross

logocrossThe Celtic cross that Irish Heritage Quebec uses as its logo is an image of the Celtic cross that stands in Artillery Park on McMahon Street in Quebec City. That cross is the property of Irish Heritage Quebec. The cross is a gift from Ireland to the people of Quebec in memory of their generosity and compassion during the period of the Great Migration of the 19th century. The Cross was donated by the Irish philanthropist James Callery, founder of the Strokestown Park and Famine Museum in County Roscommon, Ireland. A recognized sign of Irish identity, the Celtic cross stands near what was the site of the first Irish parish in Canada. The monument is part of a larger plan to recognize and develop Irish heritage in Old Quebec. The project was initiated by a group of people from the Irish community, the Commission de la Capitale nationale du Quebec, the City of Quebec and Parks Canada.

 

One Response to “The Celtic Cross”

  • François Gay:

    I was there in 2000 when the cross was erected with Mr Callery. This inspired me these words..
    Celtic Cross

    Cross of crosses
    Silhouette of mankind
    With open arms
    Your faded story lives on
    In the mists and spindrifts
    Of the Atlantic shores…
    Your feet are anchored to the native ground
    Your head reaching into the universe,
    Your arms outstretched
    To the East and to the West
    And your heart glows outward
    Like a light on a hidden reef…
    Celtic Cross,
    Your symbol, your message
    Reach out across humanity
    Crossing the boundaries of religions and oceans
    For they are universal.

    François Clavel Gay
    Original Title – Croix celtique
    English Adaptation – Marc Lord
    Décembre 2000

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