by Barbara Black
The first edition of the
Canadian Journal of Irish Studies to be published at Concordia will
make its appearance next week. The editor is Michael Kenneally, coordinator
of Concordias Irish Studies program.
The Journal has been in existence for 25 years and was based for many
years at the University of British Columbia. It moved to the University
of Saskatchewan, and more recently was published for five years by Memorial
University of Newfoundland.
Valuable back copies of another scholarly journal found a home at Concordia
recently when Paul Dempsey, Irelands ambassador to Canada, donated
138 copies of Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review from his personal
The volumes cover the years from the journals founding in 1912 to
the 1970s, and are particularly useful as historical indicators of Irish
life in the decades after Independence and leading up to more recent times.
Mr. Dempsey and his wife Jane, who attended a number of events at Concordia
during the campaign to raise $3 million for the Canadian Irish Studies
program, have since retired to Dublin.
Joseph and Susan Kruger have donated $25,000 to establish a Canadian Irish
Studies collection at the Concordia University Library. As the cost of
academic skyrockets, their generous gift will greatly help to fill some
holes in the collection.
The Canadian Irish Studies Foundation is inviting potential donors to
contribute to three scholarships named after celebrated Irish-Canadians.
They are Francis Hincks (1807-1885), who was a founder of both the Liberal
and Conservative parties of Canada, a rare distinction, and became a federal
finance minister under our first prime minister; the great popular singer
Mary Travers (1894-1941), better known to her fans as La Bolduc; and Thomas
DArcy McGee, influential publisher and Father of Confederation,
assassinated in Montreal at the age of 43.