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About the Foundation

The Canadian Irish Studies Foundation helps to finance scholarships and special projects for outstanding students at Concordia University’s School of Irish Studies, both at the undergraduate level in the Major in Irish Studies and in graduate studies with the School of Irish Studies.

The Canadian Irish Studies Foundation welcomes your tax-deductible contributions, no matter how modest, to help achieve these goals. Your support will help to teach students and the general public about the culture of Ireland and the rich history of the Irish in Canada. Please send your donation to: 

The Canadian Irish Studies Foundation
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest, H1001
Montréal (Québec) Canada  H3G 1M8

Tel: (514) 848-2424, ext. 8711

Download the latest issue of Fundamentals, newsletter of the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation.

Since its creation in 1995, the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation has achieved an impressive list of accomplishments, which include:

  • Raising more than $7 million dollars
  • Receiving major grants from the Government of Canada ($500,000), the Government of Quebec ($500,000), the Government of Ireland ($200,000) and grants of $100,000 from the Royal Bank, Canadian Pacific, the Bank of Montreal, the McConnell Foundation, St. Patrick's Society of Montreal, the Montreal St. Patrick's Foundation, and grants of $80,000 from Petro Canada, Imasco, and grants of $50,000 from Bombardier and Power Corporation of Canada
  • Received a collection of 60 paintings by Canadian artist Sheila Maloney, which recount the story of Irish emigration to Canada during the Famine years. The collection was purchased by Brian Levitt (cost: $50,000) and donated to the Foundation

Working in partnership with Concordia University, the Foundation has played a central role in the following:

  • The creation of a Chair in Canadian Irish Studies, the first of its kind in Canada
  • The establishment of the Centre for Canadian Irish Studies, now re-classified as the School of Irish Studies, an academic unit within the Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Offers more than twenty rotating courses from twelve departments, usually 25 each year, with enrollment of more than 900 students
  • An Irish Public Lecture Series which brings distinguished speakers to Concordia (more than 250 since its inception)
  • Thirteen fully funded scholarships for students in the program
  • Awards more than $150,000 annually to undergraduate and graduate students in Irish Studies
  • Organizes community outreach events that reflect aspects of the history of the Irish in Montreal and collaborations with Ireland
  • The School of Irish Studies creates a bi-weekly e-bulletin (sent to approximately 2,400 subscribers) with information related to Irish academic and cultural events in Montreal, Canada and Ireland.

The Canadian Irish Studies Foundation regularly publishes a Newsletter, which is sent to approximately 2,000 people on our database. 

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