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St. Patrick's Day 2018

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Posted on March 15, 2018

The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day has long been an integral part of Montreal’s identity. Beyond the annual parade, which is celebrated as the harbinger of spring, the day is an opportunity for reflection on the city’s immigrant past and the vibrant part the Irish play in the make-up of contemporary Montreal.

Concordia University’s School of Irish Studies has several experts willing to discuss Irish culture and the diaspora, as well as the Irish contribution to life in Montreal and Quebec.

PUBLIC EVENT: “Spies, Informers and Fenians: The Origins of the Secret Police in Canada”

A guest lecture by the University of Toronto’s David A. Wilson at the School of Irish Studies, Room 1001.01 (McEntee Reading Room - 10th floor), Henry F. Hall Building(1455 De Maisonneuve W.), Sir George Williams Campus, Wednesday March 14 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The talk is presented by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies. For David Wilson interview requests, contact Gearoid OhAllmhurain at (514)-848-2424 ext. 5120.

Irish manliness in Canada

Jane G. V. McGaughey, Associate Professor of Diaspora Studies, can discuss the representations of Irish masculinity and violence in Upper and Lower Canada, and her forthcoming book on the topic, as well as more general questions about the Irish in Montreal and Canada.
(514)-848-2424 ext. 5122

Contemporary Ireland and the history of St. Patrick’s Day

Assistant professor of Irish Performance Studies Emer O’Toole is available to answer questions on Ireland’s upcoming abortion referendum, her project on Irish theatre and social activism. O’Toole is also knowledgeable about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and of St. Patrick’s Day parades and pageantry internationally.
(514)-848-2424 ext. 4094

Modern Irish history, Irish Civil War

Associate Professor Gavin Foster is an expert on the Irish Revolution, the 1916 Easter Rising and the struggle to achieve Irish independence from Great Britain. The award-winning author of The Irish Civil War and Society: Politics, Class and Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Prof. Foster teaches courses on the Great Famine, the Troubles and Introduction to Irish Studies.

Historic St. Patrick, Irish culture and history, the Irish in Quebec

Ethnomusicologist, musician, author, historian and Johnson Chair in Quebec and Canadian Irish Studies Gearoid OhAllmhurain can speak on a wide range of topics relating to Irish history, culture and the diaspora. He can also discuss the international “Year of the Irish Language - Bliain na Gaeilge 2018,” the historical St. Patrick and “how the Irish saved civilization”. Closer to home, OhAllumhurain is also an authority on memories of the Irish famine, the Gaspé, traditional Irish soundscapes, folk traditions and language in Canada, and Irish life in Quebec outside of the island of Montreal.
(514)-848-2424 ext. 5120

For all other media requests, please contact Marion Mulvenna at the School of Irish Studies:
(514)-848-2424 ext. 5870

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