Irish Immigrant Meet & Greet

The final Thursday of every month, the Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce members gather at the Irish Embassy Pub & Grill (1234 rue Bishop) in Montreal for their monthly Craic agus Comhrá, the Irish equivalent of the French cinq à sept, an after-work get-together.

The Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce has something special in store for this month’s Craic, where they have teamed with the St. Patrick’s Society of Montreal and its Irish Immigrant Integration Initiative to jointly organize an Irish Immigrant Meet & Greet. Both organizations invite new immigrants and Canadian-born to attend the event at the Irish Embassy Pub & Grill on Bishop Street on Thursday May 29 beginning at 5:30pm.Free munchies.  Happy hour prices on drinks.

They will explain a new partnership with Youth Employment Services, who are an amazing resource for those looking for a job.

This is an excellent networking opportunity for those seeking employment and those with positions to fill. Why not join in on the conversation and networking, meet people who are willing to help out whether it be with advice or connections to help you find work? Or just come for a jar, meet some interesting people, and stay for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers.

There will be a 6th game, right?

The Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce has a website and can be found on Twitter (@iccc_mtl)

The St. Patrick’s Society of Montreal has a website, can be found on Facebook, as well as on Twitter (@spsmtl)

The Irish Immigrant Integration Initiative has a website and can be found on Facebook.

 

John Easton Mills, Montreal’s Martyr Mayor

This weekend’s Walk to the Stone reminds me about Montreal’s Martyr Mayor, John Easton Mills.

In his short time as mayor, John Easton Mills made a lasting impact on Montreal and Irish Montrealers. Although he was a member of the American Presbyterian Church he made a handsome donation toward the erection of St. Patrick’s Church, the church of the Irish Roman Catholics. He helped the Ladies of the Sacred Heart in their educational work, and devoted his entire salary to the newly-established Mechanics’ Institute. He cooperated with Bishop Bourget and others in the founding of the City & District Savings Bank.

He and his brother Cephas came to Montreal together to establish C. and J.E. Mills fur dealers. While Cephas moved to New York, John Easton Mills remained in Montreal and founded Mills’ Bank, and through it played a part in financing many major projects.

When the typhus epidemic reached Montreal, John Easton Mills rolled up his sleeves and got down to business tending to the sick alongside the doctors, nurses, and the clergy all the while fending off Montrealers, angry that the dreaded typhus reached Montreal’s shores.

In November 1847, as the cold weather gave hope that the worst of the epidemic was over, Mayor Mills was stricken by the very disease that killed thousands in the fever sheds in the Goose Village area. On November 12, 1847 he passed away and on November 15 was buried at the St. Lawrence Burial Grounds.

There is a street in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district named after John Easton Mills, far from his Beaver Hall Hill home, far from the fever sheds and Commemorative Stone, far from City Hall. One has to ask what thought processes went into the selection of this far away street as suitable for this honour?

In any case, as you walk to the Stone on Bridge Street this Sunday, remember Montreal’s Martyr Mayor, those who tended to the sick, and those who died of “ships fever” as they fled their home country in the hopes of building a better life for themselves.

 

St Andrew’s Ball Plans, Montreal, 1911

St. Andrew’s Ball 1911

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Montreal Standard, 28 October 1911, page 24

Ball will be a big event

It was announced to-day that St Andrew’s Day would be celebrated with all the enthusiasm of former occasions, and that the famous ball to which so many look forward will be given under circumstances unprecedented in Canada. It is understood that their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Connaught attended by a brilliant staff will attend this function.
In this connection, it has been the custom of newly-appointed Governors General of Canada to make St Andrew’s ball the occasion of making their acquaintance with Montreal society.
The ball this year promises to be even more successful than on former occasions, when it has always been the event of the season in Montreal Society.
Duke and Duchess of Connaught Toleware from angloboerwarmusem.com  c.1911 Duke and Duchess of Connaught Toleware from angloboerwarmusem.com c.1911

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Annual Walk to the Stone

The Walk to the Stone – a week away.

Ken Quinn

ImageTo preserve from desecration

the remains of 6000 immigrants

who died of ship fever

A.D.1847-8

this stone is erected by the workmen

of

Messrs. Peto, Brassey and Betts

employed in the construction

of the Victoria Bridge

A.D.1859.

Community Support Community Support

These are the words enscribed on the huge black rock sitting on a grassy island in the middle of Bridge Street near the beginning of the Victoria Bridge. Workers with Messrs. Peto, Brassey and Betts uncovered, or should I say discovered, the remains of some 6000 immigrants who died in the fever sheds erected in the area during the times Community Supportof the Great Famine.

Francis Baddeley (2009) Francis Baddeley (2009)

Commemorations have taken place on the last Sunday in May since prior to Confederation. This year is no different. Organized by the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Canada, the annual Walk to the Stone takes place on Sunday May 25th beginning at St. Gabriel’s…

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Montreal Can Breathe Again

Montreal hockey fans can breathe a little easier today after the Canadiens defeated their original six rivals, the Boston Bruins, to take their best of seven series 4-3. It would have stung had the Habs succumbed to the Bruins. But I would have said it was one of the great series in one of the most storied rivalries in professional sports in North America.

Next up for our beloved Habs in the Eastern Conference Finals is another original six rival, the New York Rangers. Per NHL.COM the first game takes place on Saturday at 1PM in Montreal at the Bell Center. Information about the remaining games will be released soon. Canadiens.com is reporting that tickets for this series will go on sale today at noon.

Take a breath. Forget about the big, bad Bruins and their sore loser Lucic, who threatened to kill Dale Weise next season during the post series handshakes. His comportment reminds me of my youth involvement in football and high school hockey. There was always that one kid on either my team or the opposing team who couldn’t accept losing and would say something or do something to the victors that was unacceptable.

That Milan Lucic took the low road in defeat speaks volumes of his character as a man, but I digress.

Go Habs Go!

Annual Walk to the Stone

ImageTo preserve from desecration

the remains of 6000 immigrants

who died of ship fever

A.D.1847-8

this stone is erected by the workmen

of

Messrs. Peto, Brassey and Betts

employed in the construction

of the Victoria Bridge

A.D.1859.

Community Support

Community Support

These are the words enscribed on the huge black rock sitting on a grassy island in the middle of Bridge Street near the beginning of the Victoria Bridge. Workers with Messrs. Peto, Brassey and Betts uncovered, or should I say discovered, the remains of some 6000 immigrants who died in the fever sheds erected in the area during the times Community Supportof the Great Famine.

Francis Baddeley (2009)

Francis Baddeley (2009)

Commemorations have taken place on the last Sunday in May since prior to Confederation. This year is no different. Organized by the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Canada, the annual Walk to the Stone takes place on Sunday May 25th beginning at St. Gabriel’s Church in Point St. Charles. Mass takes place at 10:30AM followed by the walk at 12PM, rain or shine, from the church to the Stone. Bring your umbrella and/or your sun screen. Montreal’s Irish community has been supportive of the Walk since its beginnings.

Victor Boyle (2012)

Victor Boyle (2012)

AOH President Victor Boyle and his team have been hard at work on a new project related to the Stone, details of which will be announced. Scheduled to attend is His Excellency Dr. Ray Bassett, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada.

After the commemoration refreshments are served in the church basement. Come on out to support the Walk and to show Montreal that community has not forgotten those who died trying to find better lives for themselves and their families, and to reconnect with old friends and to meet new ones.