Summer is of course, at little “slow” in Montreal, so unfortunately we do not have much of an update report on the project for the Cultural Green Space. Since meeting with Mayor Coderre back in May, we have not been able to get any replies to our e-mails to his office, or to other Montreal officials, requesting information on the progress of this effort. Hopefully come September, they will be a little more responsive.
As a point of interest, when we marched with the AOH to the Black Rock back in June, we asked any number of local, provincial, and federal party leaders to join us. The majority of them did reply, with their regrets, that their agendas would not allow them to attend.
The following is the Press Release for the Walk on June 14th, that we have sent to many media both local and National – Please feel free to copy it and send it to any of your personal media contacts
For Immediate Release
Walk to the Stone organizers optimistic about Memorial Park initiative after meeting Mayor Coderre
For 150 years, Montreal's Irish community has joined the Ancient Order of Hibernians as they remember the more than 6,000 victims of the Great Hunger, buried in what is now an industrial zone at the foot of the Victoria Bridge. The Walk to the Stone.
On our Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation FaceBook site, a few people have been asking about a Trip to Grosse Île and thought some people on our Web Page might be also interested.
Grosse Ile was, of course the quarantine station where the ships carrying the Irish immigrants of 1847-48 were stopped for inspection. Anyone that appeared sick was removed from the boats and sent to the fever sheds on Gross Île – often dividing up families where the for example the mother was taken off leaving the father and children on the boats; or other similar combinations of removing one or both parents, or only the children etc.