An Irish Heart: How A Small Immigrant Community Shaped Canada, An by Sharon DriedgerAn Irish Heart: How A Small Immigrant Community Shaped Canada, An by Sharon Driedger

An Irish Heart: How A Small Immigrant Community Shaped Canada, An

bySharon Driedger

Paperback | March 8, 2011

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During the Great Famine of the 1840s, thousands of impoverished Irish immigrants, escaping from the potato crop failure, fled to Canada on what came to be known as “fever ships.” As the desperate arrivals landed at Quebec City or nearby Grosse Isle, families were often torn apart. Parents died of typhus and children were put up for adoption, while lucky survivors travelled on to other destinations. Many people made their way up the St. Lawrence to Montreal, where 6,000 more died in appalling conditions.

Despite these terrible beginnings, a thriving Irish settlement called Griffintown was born and endured in Montreal for over a century. The Irish became known for their skill as navvies, building our canals and bridges, working long hours in factories, raising large, close-knit families. This riveting story captures their strong faith, their dislike of authority, their love of drink, song and a good fight, and their loyalty.

Filled with personal recollections drawn from extensive author interviews, An Irish Heart recreates a community and a culture that has a place of distinction in our history. From D’Arcy McGee and Nellie McClung to the Montreal Shamrocks, Brian Mulroney and beyond, Irish Canadians have made their mark.

Sharon Doyle Driedger, a former senior writer forMaclean’s magazine, was born in Griffintown to a third-generation Irish family. This book grew out of aMaclean’scover article that had tremendous reader response. Doyle Driedger has won aNational Magazine Awardfor her writing. She lives in Toronto with her family.
Title:An Irish Heart: How A Small Immigrant Community Shaped Canada, AnFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.04 inPublished:March 8, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006394884

ISBN - 13:9780006394884

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from For non-historian only. A sentimental review of the history of the Irish in Montreal. Delightful vignettes of the Irish of Griffintown but definitively a journalist’s version of history.
Date published: 2017-05-11