Join your family members – Egans, Eagans, Eagens, Agins and Keegans
– all descendants of Aodhagáin for our Clan Egan Rally here in Canada
June 30th to July 8th 2018. We’re starting off and ending the rally in our
nation's capital, Ottawa, Ontario. Throughout our travel route you’ll
realize that the Irish played an important role in Canada’s history, be
it the building of the Rideau Canal or the lumber industry. It wasn’t without
great hardship as you’ll find out throughout our travels.
Hope to see you again at the rally!
Maureen Egan Kirincic and Kevin Egan
Draft itinerary depending on the number of participants
We expect the coach will be approx. $175 - $200 CDN per person, depending on the number of passengers on
A link to each city’s hotel will be posted very shortly (we’re still
trying to get the best rates).
Our Clan banquet dinner tickets will be between $35 - $50 CDN a person, which
includes dinner and Irish entertainers.
Grosse Ile tour includes ferry to the island, park admission, guided tour and
train ride through the village. We expect the price is $70 CDN per person but
we’re still working on a lower group rate.
For most of the sites that we’ll be visiting, there are no admission costs.
The times on the itinerary and admission costs (if any) will be posted closer
to the rally dates.
Please notify us of your plans for the rally (dates, number of people) so arrangements
can be made for enough tickets and coach space at :
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat June 30 Ottawa Registration – PM reception
Sun July 1 Ottawa Canada Day celebrations
Mon July2 Quebec City Visit local sites
Tues July 3 Quebec City Grosse Ile
Wed July 4 Montreal Visit local sites
Thurs July 5 Ottawa Visit local sites
Fri July 6 Ottawa Eganville day trip
Sat July 7 Ottawa Visit local sites, PM Gala dinner
Sun July 8 Dismissal Travel home
Irish sites within the City of Ottawa
1. Rideau Canal - constructed by mainly Irish navvies and some Scottish stone
masons, French Canadians and First Nations peoples. Over 1,000 Irish died building
the canal mainly from malaria. The canal runs from Ottawa to Kingston.
2. Celtic Cross Memorial at the first lock on the Rideau Canal near the Ottawa
3. Plaques along the canal to commemorate various historical events among the
4. Corktown Bridge that crosses the Rideau Canal at the settlement of Corktown
where the families of the canal workers lived.
5. Sparks Street where the assassination of Thomas D'Arcy McGee took place.
6, The Old Ottawa Gaol where the Patrick Whelan was hung for the assassination
of Thomas D'Arcy McGee.
7. Saint Patrick's Basilica on Kent Street, the Roman Catholic church where many
8. Barrack Hill where bodies of Irish canal workers and families were exhumed
at the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe Streets. These bodies will be re-interred
October 1st in Beechwood Cemetery in the east end of Ottawa.
All these locations are within walking distance of the hotels.
9. Aylmer Quebec is now part of the City of Gatineau. John Egan is one of
the founders. There is a street named after him there. Aylmer is about 5 km from
Sites in Quebec City
1. Within the walls of Old Quebec, Fortifications of Quebec City and World Heritage
Montmorency Park, site of the Parliament Building during John Egan’s years
as a member:
The Notre-Dame de Quebec Cathedral, the Anglican Cathedral and churches of other
St. Patrick’s Church on McMahon Street, in service from 1833 until 1962
and whose walls are now incorporated into the Hôtel-Dieu Research Centre;
St. Patrick’s School on McMahon Street, in service from 1884 until 1918
and now used as a part of the Hôtel-Dieu Oncology Research Centre;
The Celtic Cross on McMahon Street donated in 2000 by James Callery and the Strokestown
Park Manor and National Famine Museum of Strokestown, Ireland
The former St. Patrick’s Parish Presbytery on St-Stanislas Street and the
epigraph to Father Patrick McMahon;
Buildings within the walls of Quebec City with elements that reflect the Irish
presence e.g. Old Court House on Place d’Armes, Chien d’Or Tavern,
Leonard roof sign, Canadian coat-of-arms on the Porte St-Jean (St. John’s
Chalmers-Wesley Church on Ste-Angele street
2. Below the walls of Quebec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoire Church, also used by the
Irish community before the construction of St. Patrick’s Church;
Little Champlain Street, home to many Irish families;
Champlain street, site of the rockslide that killed 45 people in 1889;
3. Elsewhere in Quebec City Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain, a park inaugurated
in 2008 for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City and integrating many of the timber
coves used during the 19th century to store the square timber to be shipped overseas.
Grosse Ille PQ
The Grosse Ile and the Irish Memorial National Site of Canada commemorates the
importance of immigration to Canada, especially through the port of Quebec, from
the early 19th century to the First World War.
Grosse Ile also commemorates the tragic events experienced by Irish immigrants
mainly during the 1847 typhoid epidemic.
Grosse Ile pays tribute to the role played by the island from 1832 to 1937, as
the quarantine station for the port of Quebec, which was, for many, the principal
gateway to Canada for immigrants. www.pc.gc.ca/grosseile
Sites of interest within Montreal
1.The Irish Commemorative Stone on Bridge Street. It is in an out of the way place
close to the Victoria Bridge. This giant boulder on an island in the middle of
a busy street has been there since 1859. The area was a burial site for those
who succumbed to typhus during the Great Famine. There were also fever sheds erected
in the area to house those who recently came ashore, many already showing signs
2. St. Patrick's Basilica. It is a gem of a building, opened on March 17, 1847.
3. Thomas D'Arcy McGee's crypt in Cote des Neiges Cemetery. 2018 is the 150th
anniversary of McGee's assassination so this might be something you would like
to visit. There are other notable Montrealer’s of Irish descent buried there
4. Montreal City Hall - The current mayor of Montreal is of Irish descent, from
Co. Cavan. What's interesting about City Hall and a connection to the Irish is
the stained-glass windows created by noted artisan John Patrick O'Shea. City Hall
is in itself a great place to visit.
We will spend the day in Eganville. Visit the Bonnechere Museum’s, John
Egan exhibit. Optional guided tour of the Bonnechere Caves.
Chapter meetings before heading back to Ottawa.