The Photo Album of the Irish digital archive project celebrates the ordinary and extraordinary histories of people with Irish heritage around the world. The Photo Album of the Irish: Canada edition reflects the deep, enduring connections between Ireland and Canada. This publication includes images from the 1860s right up to the present, giving an authentic view of diverse Irish emigrant experiences across Canada. Collectively, the photographs reveal the stories people chose to remember and celebrate in their own lives.
Dr. Eamonn McKee, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada, kindly provided a foreword for the book. Also featured is a contributed text from Dr. Orla Fitzpatrick, one of Ireland’s leading photographic historians.
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With special thanks to:
Ontario: Thanks to Dr. Eamonn McKee, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada, Jim Kelly, previous Ambassador of Ireland to Canada, Anne Martin, Laura Finlay and the team at Embassy of Ireland, Ottawa, St. Brigid’s Centre, Ottawa; Cathy Murphy, Executive Director, Tara Murphy and team at the Eamonn O’Loughlin Irish Canadian Immigration Centre; Robert Kearns and William Peat at Ireland Park Foundation, Toronto.
Vancouver: Frank Flood, Consul General of Ireland, Vancouver, Jennifer Bourke, Deputy Consul General of Ireland and Bláithín Noone and the team at the consulate General of Ireland, Vancouver for their support and commitment which made the project possible in B.C., the remarkable Eilis Courtney, President of the Irish Women’s Network of B.C., who undertook the task of scanning and archiving.
Montreal: Thanks toDr. Michael Kenneally, Honorary Consul General of Ireland, School of Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, and st. Patrick’s Society of Montreal. Special thanks to Patrick Shea in Montreal for taking on high-end scanning of his own family archive. Thanks to Dr. Orla Fitzpatrick, John Toohey and Brian McConnell for contributing archival material and insights.
Funders: This project was made possible by the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme. We would like to record particular thanks to Yvonne Ellison, Anne Norton and team of the Emigrant Support Programme, Global Irish Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs for their generous advice and support.
The Photo Album of the Irish: Canada is supported by The Embassy of Ireland, Ottawa; and the Consulate General of Ireland, Vancouver. It is organised in partnership with the Ireland Park Foundation, The Eamonn O’Loghlin Irish Canadian Immigration Centre and the Irish Women’s Network, BC.
Gallery of Photography would like to thank the individual contributors and their wider families for their generosity in contributing to this book and project: Paul Clerkin, Shirley Clerkin & Eugene Clerkin; Eilis Courtney; Liliane Clune; Bryan Daly; Wade Davis; Al Duffy; Mike Donovan; Carmel Drumgoole & John Wildman; Dr. Orla Fitzpatrick; Maeve Glass Gemma Healy-Murphy; Michael Hurley; Philomena & Patrick Hughes; Sherrilyn & Jordan Jahrig; Dr. Raymond Jess; Sadie Maguire & Frank Flood; Eugene McCann; Brian McConnell; Deirdre McGing; Niamh Mitchell; Deirdre Mulrooney; Cathy Murphy; Eoin O’Donovan; Brian & Deirdre O’Ruairc; Colm & Geri Quinn; Ken Quinn; Dermott Scott; Patrick M.Shea; John Toohey; Ian, Frankie & Nikki Thuillier, and Elaine Wong.
Thanks to Dr. Eamonn McKee, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada; Dr. Orla Fitzpatrick; Frank Flood, Consul General of Ireland, Vancouver; dr. Raymond Jess; Cathy Murphy, Executive Director, Eamonn O’Loughlin Irish Canadian Immigration Centre and John Toohey for their considered texts.
Thanks also to designer Ruza Leko and the Photo Album of the Irish team past and present.