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St. Patrick's Society of Montreal - Annual Charity Ball

What: St. Patrick's Society Annual Charity Ball with Guest of Honour, The Honourable Catherine McKenna PC MP, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Centre.
When: Friday, February 22, 2019, beginning at 6:30 pm
Where: Marriott Château Champlain, 1050 de, Rue de la Gauchetière O.
Info: More details can be found here.

Siamsa Céilí

What: Siamsa Céilí
When: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 8 pm to midnight (doors open at 7 pm)
Where: NDG Legion Hall, 5455 de Maisonneuve West
Info: More info can be found here

Cine Gael Film Series - Screening of Rocky Ros Moc (2017)

What: Screening of Rocky Ros Moc (2017), directed by Michael Fanning
When: Thursday, February 28 at 7:15 pm.
Where: J.A. DeSève Cinema, Concordia University, 1400 de Maisonneuve West
Click here for more information on this and other films in the series.

Library Lunchtime Series - Atwater Library

For St. Patrick's week, the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series features a program of music and words. 

Dragún Bán perform traditional Irish music as well as their own compositions. 
Fergus Keyes gives a talk on Irish immigration to Quebec, probing the reasons for large-scale immigration in the early 1800s and during the Irish famine around 1847. He will also mention distinguished Quebecers of Irish heritage.

Co-sponsored by Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) as part of their 2019 Heritage Talks lecture series.

When: Thursday, March 14, 12:15 - 1:30pm
Where: Atwater Library (1200 Atwater Ave.)
Cost: Free, but donations are welcome.

St. Patrick's Society of Montreal - Annual Luncheon

What: St. Patrick's Society Annual Luncheon with The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney CC PC GOQ as Guest Speaker. The Honourable Jean Charest PC, last year’s Speaker, will be introducing Mr. Mulroney.
When: Friday, March 15, 2019, Reception begins at 11:00 am, Lunch is at noon.
Where: Centre Sheraton Montreal, 1201 René-Lévesque O
Info: More details can be found here.

The Irish Famine in Montreal Walking Tour

When: Saturday, March 16, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Where: Pointe-À-Callière Archaeology Museum (350 Place Royale)

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, Irish Montreal Excursions presents "The Irish Famine in Montreal Walking Tour":

Learn about Black ’47, the year 75,000 Irish refugees fleeing the Famine landed on Montreal’s wharves. The tour visits key sites associated with this tragedy, such as the locations of fever sheds, burial grounds and hospitals, providing in-depth history about the Irish Famine's impact on Montreal in 1847. Led by Donovan King, the Irish Famine in Montreal Walking Tour also supports efforts by the Irish Monument Park Foundation to establish a commemorative park on the gravesite of over 6,000 Irish Famine refugees.

Click here for tickets.

Montreal Shamrocks GAC & Éire Óg Camogie

What: These two clubs come together once again to demonstrate the development of Camogie in Eastern Canada. Spectators very welcome!
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 5 to 6 pm
Where: Concordia Stadium, 7200 Sherbrooke West
Info: Facebook event page

Science on Stage: Earthly Bodies

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019, 2:30 - 4:30pm 
Where: Redpath Museum, McGill University
Fee: $7.00 (plus tax)

Staged reading of two short plays by Colleen Curran featuring Earthly Bodies, as in deceased.

“It would be difficult to describe our emotions”. This play explores the events that may have happened on November 24, 1922 when Lady Evelyn Carnarvon of Highclere Castle (a.k.a. Downton Abbey) revealed a few truths to Howard Carter the day before he opened the Tomb of Tutankhamen.

How complicated can it get for four women in a small town when bodies start turning up.

The Cast: Mary Burns * Sylvia Cymbalista * Jane Hackett * Chad Tyler * Patsy Tyler *

Reserve in advance:

Canadian Association for Irish Studies 2019 Conference

Irish Bodies and Irish Worlds

29 May to 1 June 2019

Bodies – the human body, textual bodies, bodies of knowledge, bodies of water – are central to the numerous disciplines that form Irish Studies.  Knowledge about Irish identities has been embodied through physical performance, articulated through literary and cultural bodies of work, and imagined as watery avenues of migration, exile, and diaspora.  In turn, these bodies operate in, are influenced by, and also influence in their own right the world around them.  The built environment, the natural world, fictional literary worlds, the transatlantic diaspora – all become ways to deconstruct and add nuance to multiple meanings of Irishness in a globalized society.

Through the theme of ‘Irish Bodies and Irish Worlds’, the Canadian Association for Irish Studies invites paper and panel proposals for the 2019 CAIS Conference, to be held at Concordia University in Montreal.  Potential paper topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Abortion and the Repeal the 8th Movement and Referendum
  • Physical and/or sexual violence
  • The Irish world post-Brexit
  • Gendered Irishness
  • Ireland’s roles in colonial and post-colonial worlds
  • Climate change and the Irish landscape
  • Music and soundscapes
  • The Irish language as a threatened or empowered body of knowledge
  • Literary and theatrical bodies of work
  • The Irish Diaspora
  • Emigration and exile
  • Ireland’s contemporary place in global politics and culture
  • Parades and public performance
  • Irish sexualities

Confirmed keynote speakers for CAIS 2019 are Professor Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck, University of London), Professor Rhona Richman Kenneally (Concordia), award-winning author Kevin Barry, and Olivia Smith, co-editor of Winter Papers.  The conference programme features a guided walking tour of Irish Montreal, musical performances, public readings, and a gala banquet in Old Montreal.

Details will be made available within the coming weeks.


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