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Canada Flag Funeral For 21 Irish Famine Victims in Canada

Human Remains on Canadian Beach are Irish Famine Victims say Scientists

Irish Central, 7 JUNE 2019.



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Canadian scientists have confirmed that the bones found washed up on a beach at Forillon National Park in Quebec in 2011 and 2016 are Irish Famine victims from the 1847 Carricks shipwreck.


Three of the bodies washed up in 2011 and have been identified as two seven year old boys and an eleven year old boy. Their bones indicated severe malnutrition scientists said.

The ship carrying 180 passengers had departed from Sligo, Ireland in March 1847, under the command of Captain R.Thompson, loaded with emigrants ejected from the Irish estates of Lord Palmerston whose agents had chartered the ill-equipped boat to get rid of them.

On the 28th of April 1847 the ship ran into a severe storm in the Gulf of St Lawrence and was wrecked about 4 miles east of Cape Rosier when the crew were unable to shorten the sails. It was headed to the quarantine station at Grosse Isle and then the Port of Quebec when it sank.


The bodies found are definitely from the shipwreck the bioarchaeology laboratory at the Université de Montréal has confirmed.

The bones of the three young boys washed up on the beach at Cap-des-Rosiers in 2011 following a violent storm that damaged the shoreline. According to historical accounts, the bodies of the shipwrecked were buried on the beach.

In 2016, Parks Canada carried out an archeological dig in the area. During these digs, the remains of a further 18 individuals were discovered, bringing the total number up to 21. Most were the remains of women and children.

The bones of the Famine emigrants revealed severe malnutrition and associated diseases caused by the Famine which was then raging.at its height in Black 47 and conditions aboard ship.

It is estimated that 100,000 fleeing famine victims set out for Canada in 1847 alone and that 20,000 died on the voyage or at the quarantine station at Grosse Isle.

According to historical sources, it is estimated that between 120 and 150 people died when the Carricks sank. Of these, 87 bodies were found and only 48 people survived this tragic event.Local fisherman showing great bravery saved who they could.





Irish Memorial monument on Cap-des-Rosiers Beach.



Canadian park services officials after consulting with the citizens of Cap-des-Rosiers and members of the Irish community, decided that the human remains will be buried near the Irish Memorial monument on Cap-des-Rosiers Beach at a ceremony to be held in the summer of 2019.

That monument was erected in 1900 by St. Patrick’s Parish in Montreal in memory of the Famine victims. The ship’s bell-which was found on September 24, 1968, on the beach at Blanc-Sablon on Quebec’s North Shore-is located next to the monument.

From 1832 to 1937, all ships had to make a mandatory stop at Grosse Île, which was then used as a quarantine station for the Port of Quebec. Without this catastrophic accident, the Carricks would also have followed this route.

“During the Great Famine of Ireland in 1847, Canada became the home of many Irish immigrants. The tragic events of the Carricks shipwreck are a startling reminder of just how difficult the journey was for the travellers and that not everybody was lucky enough to reach their new home.

"Today’s announcement is very significant for Irish families whose ancestors were Carricks passengers. This shipwreck reflects an important part of Canadian history.” said Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie - Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine
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Update Re: Funeral For 21 Irish Famine Victims in Canada

Funeral Lays 21 Irish Famine Victims to Rest in Canada

Irish Central, 6 JULY 2019.



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172 years after the Carrick coffin ship from Sligo sank off Cap-des-Rosiers, in Quebec the remains of 21 Irish victims of the Great Hunger, mainly women, and children, were laid to rest


The remains of 21 Irish coffin ship victims of Great Hunger have been laid to rest near the beach where they were discovered in Quebec, Canada.

It was confirmed earlier this year that human bones discovered on a beach at Cap-des-Rosiers, Quebec, between 2011 and 2016 were those of 21 souls lost when a the Carricks ship sank in 1847. The Carricks had been transporting 180 people from Sligo, at the height of Ireland’s Great Hunger, when it sank just off the coast of Canada. Only 48 passengers survived, 87 others were buried in a mass grave.





Inside a coffin ship during the Great Hunger.


Early in 2019, a bioarchaeology laboratory at the University of Montreal identified the remains of three children, aged between seven and 12 years old.

In 2016, the remains of a further 18 people were discovered, mostly women and children. Scientists revealed that the victims were malnourished and had eaten a diet mainly consisting of potato.

The funeral ceremony, held at Forillon National Park was attended by around 150 people, including descendants of some of the survivors of the shipwreck.

Pat Ward (63), from Keash, Co Sligo, told the BBC he believes that some of his ancestors were among those who died in the shipwreck. He said it was “very emotional” to think that his ancestors remains had been recovered and said the ceremony would “bring closure”.

George Kavanagh (79), from Quebec, also had ancestors on the doomed Carrick ship. In advance of the poignant ceremony, he told the Globe and Mail “This is part of my history. I want to bid them a final adieu.”




An illustration of departure and loss during Ireland's Great Hunger.


Marie-Eve Murray, of Forillon National Park, told the Press Association “A ceremony intended to pay homage to the victims of the Carricks shipwreck took place on Thursday, July 4th at 10.30am at the site of the Irish Memorial, located on Du Banc trail, North Area of the Forillon National Park.

“This ceremony, organized by the St-Alban Parish Council in Cap-des-Rosiers in collaboration with Parks Canada, was attended by around 150 people: the descendants of the survivors, dignitaries and the local population.”

Ireland’s Great Hunger, also known as the Irish Famine, killed a million people between 1845 and 1849. Up to two million others emigrated in search of a better life, decimating Ireland’s population.

Jason King, the Academic Coordinator at the Irish Heritage Trust and National Famine Museum in Ireland told the Globe and Mail “The discovery of the famine remains is a subject close to the hearts of Irish Canadians.

“For many, the famine emigration of 1847 really symbolizes their own ancestry, their own heritage, their own roots. Because of the hardship that was experienced, the suffering, many Irish Canadians regard it as part of their story and their legacy in Canada, even though they are not descendants of the famine immigrants themselves.”

King said the Forillon National Park ceremony was a fitting tribute to the Irish victims.

“This is a gesture of respect for migrants who’ve passed away in a moment of extreme danger and peril. It invites us to reflect on people’s experiences today when they embark on similar types of journeys.”


Read more: Ireland's Great Hunger - what really happened to the food in Ireland

Read more:Was it genocide? What the British ruling class really said about the Irish Famine
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