Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation

A project to build a beautiful world-class memorial park and cultural green space at the Montreal side of Victoria Bridge, around the Black Rock.

This space would remember the 6000+ Irish immigrants, fleeing the Great Hunger in Ireland, that died and were buried in the area in 1847.

Hydro Québec

Hydro-Québec and the city of Montréal to honor the memory of Irish immigrants Hydro-Québec and Ville de Montréal established a partnership with the city’s Irish community to create a site to honor the memory of the 6,000 Irish immigrants who died of typhus in 1847. Read the press release.

Since 2017, Hydro-Québec, Montréal and representatives from the Irish community have been working together on a tripartite committee to plan the key steps leading to the development of a ommemoration site that is integrated into the projects led by Hydro-Québec and the city.
In concrete terms, as part of the initiative to build Des Irlandais substation, which will be commissioned in 2024, Hydro-Québec will transfer part of its land to the Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation for the commemoration site.
Under the city’s plan to develop the Bridge-Bonaventure sector, Montréal will relocate Rue Bridge and the current right-of-way to create a space for the Irish memorial.

Ville de Montréal

The Ville de Montreal has long recognized the significant historical and cultural importance of the Black Rock and the cemetery and area around it.

Since first approached by the Park Foundation and Hydro-Quebec back in 2017, the Ville de Montreal became seriously interested in the idea of having a memorial park and greenspace to compliment the transition of this industrial area into an area more suitable for community use.

In extensive consultations and meetings with stakeholders, interested parties and individuals from the Southwest Burrough throughout 2018 and 2019, the Ville de Montreal developed a vison for the area that included the Irish Monument Park as an historic tourist site that would also serve as a new gateway to the city as well as a large green space for all of Montrealers and visitors.

In the spring of 2021, a letter of intent was given to the Park Foundation committing to moving Bridge Street from its present location over the cemetery marked by the Black Rock to the north and east closer to the new Hydro-Quebec sub-station to be built by early 2024.

In the fall of 2021 Mayor Plante made that commitment part of the Vision Montreal platform and budgeted $15 million dollars for the work of relocating Bridge Street to be done in 2025.

The Ville de Montreal is a key supporter of the Montreal Irish Monument Park project as an important component of the redevelopment of this sector of the Southwest Burrough.

Government of Ireland – Emigrant Support Program 

An estimated 70 million people worldwide claim Irish ancestry, while the nation’s current population is just over 5 million. These immigrants and their descendants maintain a profound connection to their ancestral homeland, a sentiment reciprocated by Ireland’s commitment to preserving the bond between the motherland and its diaspora.  Central to Ireland’s efforts in nurturing and expanding this diaspora network is the Government of Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme. This initiative plays a pivotal role in sustaining and cultivating Irish community social, cultural, and heritage projects globally. Since its inception in 2004, the programme has provided invaluable support to over 850 organisations across 51 countries, with grants exceeding 237 million.

Notably, the programme has made a substantial contribution of $200,000.00 to the planning stage of the Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation’s project to establish a commemorative space around the Black Rock. This support underscores the programme’s recognition of the project’s significance, as it will not only honor the largest famine grave outside of Ireland but also commemorates a  historic event that led to the Irish community’s substantial role in Canadian society and development.

Upon its completion, this envisioned space will serve as a 15,000 square meter anchor, symbolizing the enduring and unbreakable connection between Ireland and its diaspora, representing generations of shared history and heritage, and finally paying respect to 6000 Irish immigrants whose journey ended in tragedy in the summer of 1847.

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St. Patrick's Society, Montreal

The St. Patrick’s Society of Montreal, founded on March 17, 1834, emerged as a beacon for Irish Montrealers seeking assistance, representation, and community. Stemming from a period of significant Irish immigration to Montreal, the Society’s inception responded to the burgeoning need for social, educational, and benevolent support. Amidst sectarian challenges and external pressures like the Great Famine, the Society remained steadfast, advocating for its community members and fostering cultural connections. Throughout its storied history, it has played a pivotal role in shaping Montreal’s social fabric, boasting prominent figures like mayors William Workman and Sir William Hingston among its ranks. Over time, the Society’s focus expanded to include cultural promotion and educational endeavors, such as the establishment of the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation in 1995, ensuring a lasting legacy of Irish heritage in Montreal. Today, it continues to honor its founding principles while adapting to contemporary challenges, exemplifying resilience and unity within the Montreal Irish community. In this spirit, the St. Patrick’s Society has pledged 200,000 dollars to the Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation and its project to build a commemorative site around the Black Rock.

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