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Canada Ireland Talks: Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Rebel, Poet, Father of Confederation
April 14, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Canada Ireland Foundation presents:
- What: Online conversation between Professor David A. Wilson and Councillor Joe Cressy
- When: Wednesday April 14th; 5pm-6:15pm
- Where: https://bit.ly/3rvDX52
- Why: A chance to learn about and reflect on the history of McGee and the intertwined histories of Ireland and Canada
Born in April 1825 in Carlingford, County Louth, McGee was a rebel, participating in the Young Ireland rebellion in the 1840’s. He was also a writer, orator, poet, a participant in the Fenian movement in the USA and a Father of Canadian Confederation. He was assassinated in Ottawa in April of 1868.
To discuss his extraordinary life, this April, the month of both his birth and his death, Canada Ireland Foundation is delighted to offer this compelling event.
The program will be of interest to:
- Members of the Canadian-Irish Community
- Those interested in McGee and the politics of Canada and Ireland in the nineteenth century
Quote from Robert G Kearns, Chair and Founder, Canada Ireland Foundation
“We are very pleased to have two such distinguished participants join us in the latest edition of our speaker series. Professor Wilson is one of Canada’s most prominent historians of Canada and Ireland and in recent years has published the definitive two volume biography of Thomas D’Arcy McGee. Councillor Cressy is not only a long-standing member of Toronto City Council, he is also related to McGee. In the past year he has played an exceptionally important role at City Hall as the Chair of the Board of Health.”
About David A Wilson:
Professor Wilson teaches at the University of Toronto and specializes in modern Irish history and the Irish in North America. Born in Belfast his family moved to Canada when he was a child. While he has published and edited a number of books in this field the two volumes of his biography of McGee in particular have won a number of prizes and awards, including the Kilbansky Prize, the Donnelly Prize and the Canadian Historical Association Political History Prize. Professor Wilson is also currently the General Editor of the Canadian Dictionary of Biography.
Reviews for the biography of Thomas D’Arcy McGee
“…these two volumes make for an excellent whole, and this book should join the canon of important political biographies. The skillful blend of McGee’s own words and Wilson’s analysis will surely make even the most disinterested student of history feel at least a tiny bit proud to be Canadian”. Megan Moore Burns
“Altogether, both volumes make up a remarkable piece of research and lucid writing, a compelling narrative of a man and his era. The work is not sycophantic, for we certainly see McGee’s shortcomings. David Wilson conveys a sympathetic understanding of the tumult of real politics, the contradictions of real people and the contributions of McGee to the ideals of this country.” Victor Rabinovitch in the LRC
About Councillor Joe Cressy:
A native of Toronto, Councillor Cressy has been a member of Toronto City Council since 2014. During that time, has served the City on a wide variety of committees and boards, including the AGO, Waterfront Toronto, the Harbourfront Centre and Artscape. He has been the Council Champion for Youth Equity and has had a long involvement in supporting the drive to create more affordable housing. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Health for the City, a responsibility of particular importance this past year as we all try and respond in the best way possible to the pandemic.
Councillor Cressy’s Ward contains both Ireland Park and Grasett Park (under construction) and he has been a great supporter of our work and a friend to the Foundation. As mentioned above, he is a relative of Thomas D’Arcy McGee
About Canada Ireland Foundation:
Canada Ireland Foundation is dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the dynamic relationship of Ireland and Canada through arts, culture, and heritage. In 2007, the Foundation completed Ireland Park on Eireann Quay and is currently constructing Grasett Park and The Corleck Building.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. William Peat, Executive Director
Phone: +1 647 309 5884