About The Canadian Irish Studies Foundation
Since its creation in 1995, the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation has achieved an impressive list of accomplishments, which include:
- Raising more than $3.5 million dollars.
- Receiving major grants from the Government of Canada ($500,000), the Government of Quebec ($500,000), the Government of Ireland ($200,000) and grants of $100,000 from the Royal Bank, Canadian Pacific, the Bank of Montreal, the McConnell Foundation, St. Patrick's Society of Montreal, the Montreal St. Patrick's Foundation, and grants of $80,000 from Petro Canada, Imasco, and grants of $50,000 from Bombardier and Power Corporation.
- Organized two Nights at the Races at the Hippodrome, each of which raised $80,000.
- Received a collection of 60 paintings by Canadian artist Sheila Maloney, which recount the story of Irish emigration to Canada during the Famine years. The collection was purchased by Brian Levitt (cost: $50,000) and donated to the Foundation. They are now on permanent display at Concordia University.
Working in partnership with Concordia University, the Foundation has played a central role in the following:
The Canadian Irish Studies Foundation usually publishes three Newsletters a year which are sent to approximately 2,000 people on our database.
- The creation of a Chair in Canadian Irish Studies, the first of its kind in Canada
- The establishment of the Centre for Canadian Irish Studies, now re-classified as the School of Canadian Irish Studies, an academic unit within the Faculty of Arts and Science
- Offers more than twenty rotating courses from ten departments, usually six each year, with enrollment of more than 200 students
- An Irish Public Lecture Series which brings distinguished speakers to Concordia (more than 80 since its inception)
- A visit by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney to Montreal to receive an Honorary Degree from Concordia University
- A visit (Fall 2003) by former Irish Prime Minister, Dr. Garret FitzGerald
- Thirteen fully funded scholarships for students in the program
- Maintains a List Serve (approx. 1500 individuals) who receive information related to Irish academic and cultural events in Montreal and Canada
- Organizes community outreach events (an evening on Griffintown with former residents; a one-person show on Thomas D'Arcy McGee) that reflect aspects of the history of the Irish in Montreal