This is parts of an article which appeared in the Times & Transcript journal, July 15, 2000
Irish contribution chiseled in stone
Bearing 300 names of Irish families, a new Celtic cross graces Moncton`s waterfront
The 12-foot Celtic croos known as the Irish Families` Memorial symbolizes the Irish people`s
faith as they struggled against adversity. Some 38 per cent of New Brunswickers have Irish roots, but the
story of the contribution to the province has largely been untold.
Saint John and Québec city were the major ports of entry into Canada in the pre-1850s when many of the Irish immigrants
arrived in the New England states, particularly the Boston area.Along with significant Irish
immigration to Saint John and the Miramichi, the newcomers settled in the Metro Moncton region as
well as in the nearby areas such as New Ireland in Albert County, Irishtown, McQuades, O`Neill`s
and Melrose. Their numbers were great: it is estimated that the Irish made up as much as half
the province at that time, working in the shipbuilding, timber and other trades associated with
building the infra-structure of New Brunswick.
The cross was erected yesterday (July 14,2000) in th e Riverfront Park. The monument consists
of four irregularly-shaped stones representing the four provinces of Ireland
Leinster and Connaught - while also loosely modeling the Celtic dolmens. These mythical grave
markers are located throughout Irelandand an integral part of the pre-Christian history. Some 300
names of Irish who made a contribution are carved in Moncton`s stone monument.
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