Famine and Commemoration, 1909–2017: Sites and Dynamics of Memory

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Title: Famine and Commemoration, 1909–2017: Sites and Dynamics of Memory
Authors: Kelleher, Margaret
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12570
Date: 2017
Online since: 2021-10-20T15:59:04Z
Abstract: In September 2006 I began a semester at Concordia University as Peter O’Brien Visiting Scholar, thanks to the warm hospitality of Michael Kenneally and Rhona Richman Kenneally. Soon after my arrival, Michael arranged for me to visit Grosse Île and with a very special tour guide, Marianna O’Gallagher. At the end of my visit she presented me with a copy of her publication Grosse Île: Gateway to Canada (1984) inscribed as follows: “souvenir d’une belle journée dans la presence de nos ancêtres.” And with characteristic thoughtfulness, she sent a copy to my mother, the late Jo Kelleher, in Mallow, County Cork, who shared Marianna’s love of history and commitment to the significance of histories of place. When I was invited to give this memorial lecture, I looked again at Marianna’s inscription and decided to respond to its invitation to consider the significance of ancestors, and, as a scholar of the Great Irish Famine since the early 1990s, to reflect in a more explicitly personal register than hitherto on the familial dynamics of Famine commemoration and social memory.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Canadian Association for Irish Studies
Journal: Canadian Journal of Irish Studies
Volume: 40
Start page: 21
End page: 37
Copyright (published version): 2017 CJIS and the authors
Keywords: Sites of memoryDynamics of memoryGreat Irish Famine
Other versions: https://www.jstor.org/stable/26333452
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0703-1459
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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