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Photo Album of the Irish: Canada

STARTS: 15/04/2022
ENDS: 22/04/2022
TIME: 10am - 5pm
WHERE: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
COST: Free

Your Photos, Your Memories, Our History

In 2014. Gallery of Photography Ireland initiated the Photo Album of the Irish project to record and celebrate the ordinary and extraordinary histories of people with Irish heritage reflected in family photograph albums. The Canadian iteration of the project reflects on the diverse and varied experience of Canada’s Irish diaspora, as seen through their own family albums. The exhibition seeks to uncover the many roles that photography has played in reflecting our past and recording our present.

Canadian postcards 1921 © Revd Dr Eric Scott

The Photo Album of the Irish: Canada edition reflects the deep, enduring connections between Ireland and Canada. This exhibition includes images from the 1860s right up to the present, giving an authentic view of diverse Irish emigrant experiences across Canada. Collectively, the photographs reveal the stories people chose to remember and celebrate in their own lives.

This exhibition display presents a small selection of family photographs contributed to the project. The evolving archive is available to view at www.photoalbumoftheirish.com.

Toronto1939 © Donnelly family album

The Photo Album of the Irish: Canada is supported by the Government of Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme; The Embassy of Ireland, Ottawa; and the Consulate General of Ireland, Vancouver. It is organised in partnership with the Ireland Park Foundation, The Eamonn O’Loghlin Irish Canadian Immigration Centre and the Irish Women’s Network, BC.