MARK YOUR CALENDERS NOW FOR SUNDAY, MAY 31st , BETWEEN ABOUT NOON AND 2PM TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT OUR MONTREAL IRISH MONUMENT PARK FOUNDATION PROJECT !!!
As many of you know, on the last Sunday in May, the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) organizes a “Walk to the Stone” to honour and remember the more than 6000 immigrants that died and were buried around the Black Rock in 1847. And, this year, the AOH has graciously agreed to allow us to tag alone in support of building a beautiful green Cultural Park in the area. The Walk is scheduled for Sunday, May 31st 2015.
Let’s hope that the City of Montreal starts working on this project soon. The City of Toronto where about 1100 more immigrants died (vs. about 6000 in Montreal) at the same time, and under the same circumstances, have just announced that they will be building a SECOND park to this tragedy. They recently completed one in honour of the immigrants that died; and now they are planning to build another one to the individuals that went to help them, caught the fever, and also died.
On this past Saturday (March 21st 2015), the Gazette published an article about Victor Boyle and the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH). The AOH has been the Irish custodians of the Black Rock for almost 100 years and certainly fought in court to have the Rock returned to its proper place after it was moved by the Grand Trunk Railway in 1900. Victor is also a Director of our Memorial Park project, but unfortunately in this article, there was only one small line about our project included near the end of the article. On the other hand, it is an interesting read about Victor and the AOH.
Had a great day, yesterday, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. It started off with a 7am interview on Global TV about our project. Always difficult to include everything about the project in a 5 minute discussion, but here is a link to the interview, if you are interested.
Just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone that walked in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in support of our project; and certainly the Parade Organizers (The UIS) for allowing us the opportunity to promote this effort.
Also would like to thank William Keating who loaned us his great Black Rock Artwork. Unfortunately the cold wind was so strong that we had to tie it down and get on the truck to hold it in place. But it did seem to attract the attention of the crowd.
We were a little disappointed that we didn’t have more people out walking with us but, of course, it was understandable given the weather that did feel like -30 degrees at some point.
We are hoping to get a number of people to walk in the 192nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade in support of our effort to build a Cultural Green Space around the Black Rock. This year, the Parade takes place on Sunday, March 22nd.
If you think that you will be able to march with us, please send me a direct e-mail to email@example.com. (Actual details of where and when we will meet will be provided as soon as they are available).
I asked a friend, Richard Murrin, of the Underground Diva’s to write a song about the Black Rock to tell the story; and to promote our effort to have the City of Montreal build a Cultural Green Space Park around the area of the Black Rock.