Date: Tue, 25 May 2010
From the Ireland Canada Monument Committee
- It is with deep sadness that our committee has learned of the passing of Marianna O’Gallagher in Quebec City on Sunday morning 23rd May 2010.
- In 2009, the committee requested permission from Marianna to include her name on Side 3 of the Ireland Canada Monument for her endless efforts in her writings and other works to highlight events at Grosse Ile, Quebec during the years 1845-1850.
- Instead, Marianna in her unselfishness recommended that her grand-father Jeremiah O’Gallagher, originally from Macroom in County Cork be included for his efforts to complete the AOH Celtic Cross at Grosse Ile Quebec to honour the 6500+ Irish that died on the the island during the years of 1845-48. Jeremiah O’Gallagher’s name was subsequently added to the list of 100 names.
- In August 2009 prior to the 150th anniversary celebrations on the island and in Quebec City, Marianna donated a stone from the original cross which was broken off during a storm in the late 1940’s and asked that it be included in the completed Ireland Canada Monument. The stone had been left from the subsequent repair work done to the cross by her father Dermot O’Gallagher and Dr. Larkin Kerwin.
- The committee was delighted to receive such a historic piece and the stone will be included in the completed Ireland Canada Monument.
- The stone was later transferred by his Excellency Ambassador Declan Kelly to Archbishop J. Michael Miller CSV at the Transfer of the Stone ceremony held at Place des Arts Coquitlam on October 5th 2009 with Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart attending.
- Today, the stone is now on display at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Coquitlam British Columbia.
- When the Ireland Canada Monument is built all Irish Canadians will owe Marianna O’Gallagher a debt of gratitude. Her name will be included on Side 3.
- See also Marianna O’Gallagher’s writings.
- Dia Dhuit Marianna. (May God be with you Marianna.)
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