Near Berthier-sur-Mer in Chaudière-Appalaches (region), Quebec — French Canadian Region
The Celtic Cross
La croix celtique
Raised in 1909 by members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, this monument honours the memory of the thousands of Irish immigrants who died on Grosse Île in 1847. Inscriptions in Irish, French and English recall their tragic destiny during the Great Famine.
Érigé en 1909 par des membres de l’Ancient Order of Hibernians, ce monument honore la mémoire des milliers d’immigrants irlandais décédés à la Grosse-Île en 1847. Des inscriptions en gaélique, en français et en anglais rappellent leur tragique destin lors de la Grande Famine.
Location. 47° 1.077′ N, 70° 40.575′ W. Marker is near Berthier-sur-Mer, Quebec, in Chaudière-Appalaches (region). Marker can be reached from Rue de la Marina. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berthier-sur-Mer, Quebec G0R 1E0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Doukhobor Immigrants (about 240 meters away, measured in a direct line); Cholera arrives in the Americas (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Grosse Île and Immigration to Canada (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Veterinarians Mark the History of Animal Health in Canada Hameau Dunière-Dénéchaud (approx. 10.3 kilometers away).
More about this marker. Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada is only accessible by ferry from Berthier-sur-Mer. The Celtic Cross is located on a bluff at the southwest corner of Grosse Isle. Access is by trail only.
Regarding The Celtic Cross. It is believed that over 300 Irish died on the island and over 5000 are currently buried in the cemetery there; many died en route. Most who died on the island were infected with typhus, which sprang up from the conditions there in 1847. Grosse Isle is the largest burial ground for refugees of the Great Hunger outside Ireland. - Wikipedia
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1. 1847: A tragic year at Grosse Île - Parks Canada. The Great Famine, which lasted from 1845 to 1848-1849, reached a climax in 1847. In Québec and Grosse Île, the situation soon became tragic, with over 100 000 immigrants arriving in a single season... Already weakened by malnutrition and starvation, they had been crowded aboard unsanitary sailboats... They reached their destination in a deplorable state, many already infected with typhus, a disease which soon reached epidemic proportions. (Submitted on February 7, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. List of Names on the Memorial - Parks Canada. This monument was placed close to the western cemetery, and bears the names of people who died either on Grosse-Île or on the boats: immigrants, employees and sailors. Of the 7553 people buried here, 1545 are still unknown. In their memory, the same number of boats were engraved on the glass. (Submitted on February 7, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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