Preview of 2018 Clan Rally in Canada
Join your family members – MacAodhagains, Egans, Eagans, Eagens, Agins and Keegans – all descendants of Aodhagáin for our once in a lifetime Canadian Clan Egan Rally. We’re starting off and ending the rally in our nation’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario June 30th to July 8th 2018. Throughout our travel route you’ll realize that the Irish played an important role in Canada’s history, be it the building of the Rideau Canal or the lumber industry. It wasn’t without great hardship as you’ll find out throughout our travels. Don’t forget to tell your Egan friends about it!
Hope to see you again at the rally. Maureen Egan Kirincic and Kevin Egan
Draft itinerary depending on the number of participants
We expect the coach will be approx. $175 – $200 CDN per person, depending on the number of passengers on each coach.
A link to each city’s hotel will be posted very shortly (we’re still trying to get the best rates).
Our Clan banquet dinner tickets will be between $35 – $50 CDN a person, which includes dinner and Irish entertainers.
Grosse Ile tour includes ferry to the island, park admission, guided tour and train ride through the village. We expect the price is $70 CDN per person but we’re still working on a lower group rate.
For most of the sites that we’ll be visiting, there are no admission costs. The times on the itinerary and admission costs (if any) will be posted closer to the rally dates.
Please notify us of your plans for the rally (dates, number of people) so arrangements can be made for enough tickets and coach space at :
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Sat June 30 Ottawa Registration – PM reception
Sun July 1 Ottawa Canada Day celebrations
Mon July2 Quebec City Visit local sites
Tues July 3 Quebec City Grosse Ile
Wed July 4 Montreal Visit local sites
Thurs July 5 Ottawa Visit local sites
Fri July 6 Ottawa – Eganville Eganville day trip
Sat July 7 Ottawa Visit local sites, PM Gala dinner
Sun July 8 Dismissal Travel home
Irish sites within the City of Ottawa
- Rideau Canal – constructed by mainly Irish navvies and some Scottish stone masons, French Canadians and First Nations peoples. Over 1,000 Irish died building the canal mainly from malaria. The canal runs from Ottawa to Kingston.
- Celtic Cross Memorial at the first lock on the Rideau Canal near the Ottawa River.
- Plaques along the canal to commemorate various historical events among the Irish community.
- Corktown Bridge that crosses the Rideau Canal at the settlement of Corktown where the families of the canal workers lived.
- Sparks Street where the assassination of Thomas D’Arcy McGee took place.
6, The Old Ottawa Gaol where the Patrick Whelan was hung for the assassination of Thomas D’Arcy McGee.
- Saint Patrick’s Basilica on Kent Street, the Roman Catholic church where many Irish worshiped.
- Barrack Hill where bodies of Irish canal workers and families were exhumed at the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe Streets. These bodies will be re-interred October 1st in Beechwood Cemetery in the east end of Ottawa.
All these locations are within walking distance of the hotels.
9/ Aylmer Quebec is now part of the City of Gatineau. John Egan is one of the founders. There is a street named after him there. Aylmer is about 5 km from downtown Ottawa.
Sites in Quebec City
- Within the walls of Old Quebec, Fortifications of Quebec City and World Heritage Site
Montmorency Park, site of the Parliament Building during John Egan’s years as a member:
The Notre-Dame de Quebec Cathedral, the Anglican Cathedral and churches of other religious communities;
St. Patrick’s Church on McMahon Street, in service from 1833 until 1962 and whose walls are now incorporated into the Hôtel-Dieu Research Centre;
St. Patrick’s School on McMahon Street, in service from 1884 until 1918 and now used as a part of the Hôtel-Dieu Oncology Research Centre;
The Celtic Cross on McMahon Street donated in 2000 by James Callery and the Strokestown Park Manor and National Famine Museum of Strokestown, Ireland
The former St. Patrick’s Parish Presbytery on St-Stanislas Street and the epigraph to Father Patrick McMahon;
Buildings within the walls of Quebec City with elements that reflect the Irish presence e.g. Old Court House on Place d’Armes, Chien d’Or Tavern, Leonard roof sign, Canadian coat-of-arms on the Porte St-Jean (St. John’s Gate).
Chalmers-Wesley Church on Ste-Angele street
- Below the walls of Quebec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoire Church, also used by the Irish community before the construction of St. Patrick’s Church;
Little Champlain Street, home to many Irish families;
Champlain street, site of the rockslide that killed 45 people in 1889;
- Elsewhere in Quebec City Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain, a park inaugurated in 2008 for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City and integrating many of the timber coves used during the 19th century to store the square timber to be shipped overseas.
Grosse Ille PQ
The Grosse Ile and the Irish Memorial National Site of Canada commemorates the importance of immigration to Canada, especially through the port of Quebec, from the early 19th century to the First World War.
Grosse Ile also commemorates the tragic events experienced by Irish immigrants mainly during the 1847 typhoid epidemic.
Grosse Ile pays tribute to the role played by the island from 1832 to 1937, as the quarantine station for the port of Quebec, which was, for many, the principal gateway to Canada for immigrants. www.pc.gc.ca/grosseile
Taken from the Parks Canada Discovery Map
Sites of interest within Montreal
1.The Irish Commemorative Stone on Bridge Street. It is in an out of the way place close to the Victoria Bridge. This giant boulder on an island in the middle of a busy street has been there since 1859. The area was a burial site for those who succumbed to typhus during the Great Famine. There were also fever sheds erected in the area to house those who recently came ashore, many already showing signs of typhus.
- St. Patrick’s Basilica. It is a gem of a building, opened on March 17, 1847.
Thomas D’Arcy McGee’s crypt in Cote des Neiges Cemetery. 2018 is the 150th anniversary of McGee’s assassination so this might be something you would like to visit. There are other notable Montrealer’s of Irish descent buried there as well.
Montreal City Hall – The current mayor of Montreal is of Irish descent, from Co. Cavan. What’s interesting about City Hall and a connection to the Irish is the stained-glass windows created by noted artisan John Patrick O’Shea. City Hall is in itself a great place to visit.
We will spend the day in Eganville. Visit the Bonnechere Museum’s, John Egan exhibit. Optional guided tour of the Bonnechere Caves.
Chapter meetings before heading back to Ottawa.