Dr Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin

Generations of immigrants traveled from Ireland to Québec to begin their lives in a new land.  Increasingly their stories are being told and their journeys  documented online.

Dublin:  The original Jeanie Johnston was built in 1847 on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec City, Canada.  The cyclical voyage of this 408 ton cargo ship brought emigrants from Ireland to North America and North American lumber back to Europe.  Her maiden voyage in April 1848 brought 193 passengers to Quebec. Over the next seven years, the ship made 16 voyages to North America carrying over 2,500 emigrants safely to the New World. Despite the seven week journey in very cramped and difficult conditions, no life was ever lost on board.

Empress of Ireland (1914)

St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. Passenger Records

Seamen Petition Against the Dangers of the Sea (1890)

Diary of an Irish immigrant woman, 1869

Beaurivage: The Development of an Irish Ethnic Identity in Rural Quebec: 1820-1860 (overview article by D. Aidan McQuillan)

Critical film making in Ireland and Québec after 1960 (Gerald Stephen White, University of Alberta, 2002)