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Support wanted for Montreal Irish Memorial Park

A new group, the Montreal Irish Memorial Park Foundation, asks for support to create a new park at the Black Rock. The park would provide green space and honour the immigrants who died of typhus in 1847-48, and those who … Continue reading

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Online resources about the Irish in Quebec

In addition to the usual sources, such as census records, births, marriages and deaths, and city directories, there are other resources that can help us with our family research. Here are some online resources that may help you gain a better … Continue reading

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Quote du jour

“The Irish were not English. God sent them to Canada to keep people from marrying Protestants.” — Mavis Gallant, commenting about the many orphaned children on the famine ships, who were Roman Catholics adopted by francophone families.

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Fact du jour – Famine ships

In 1847, the total number of deaths among immigrants heading for Quebec City is estimated at 17,477, and the vast majority were Irish. Of these, 3,879 are buried at Grosse Ile and about another 5,000 are buried at the Pointe-Saint-Charles sheds in … Continue reading

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