Walking tour: In search of Irish Mile End 1

Mile End and Mount Royal seen from the Rosemont–Van Horne overpass, June 2020 / photo Justin Bur

In 1915, St. Michael’s church in Mile End could boast that it was the largest English-speaking Catholic parish in the city of Montreal. Over the next few decades, that population moved away to other parts of the city. St. Michael’s merged with a Polish mission in 1969 and today, people are often surprised to learn that the church was ever Irish.

New tour – no registration required, just come to the meeting point.
Date and time: Saturday 25 June 2022, 1:30 pm
Place: Laurier metro, Laurier exit, at the corner of Rivard Street (place du Coteau-Saint-Louis)
Languages: English and French
End: St. Michael’s Church by 3 pm

Mile End Memories is going in search of Irish Mile End. With the support of the Belonging and Identity project of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) [1], we have launched a research project to discover the Irish legacy in the neighbourhood and to find out where the community moved after the Second World War.

Please come on our first Irish Mile End walk, Friday 29 October. Meet at 4 pm on Shamrock Avenue at the corner of Saint-Dominique, one block south of Jean-Talon Street and one block west of the Première Moisson bakery at Jean-Talon Market. The walk will end at Laurier metro by 6 pm.

Please write to us if you have stories, pictures or reminiscences of Irish Mile End – if you or your family members were parishioners of St. Michael’s or students in its schools, if you have memories of events or important places.

Date and time: Friday 29 October 2021, 4 pm
Place: Shamrock Avenue at the corner of Saint-Dominique Street (place Shamrock, near Jean-Talon Market)
Languages: English and French
End: Laurier metro station by 6 pm

Free Eventbrite ticket (recommended)

[1] The Belonging and Identity project is funded by the Secrétariat aux relations avec les Québécois d’expression anglaise of the government of Québec.

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