In Memoriam

Marianna O’Gallagher, our friend and colleague in the Canadian Association of Irish Studies/ L’Association canadienne d’études irlandaises, died last weekend, after a short illness borne with dignity and marked by an abiding faith.

I know that you will join me and all other members of CAIS/ACEI in acknowledging the passing of a major figure in the study of the Irish in Canada, particularly in Québec, and in conveying our deep sorrow to Marianna’s family and large circle of close friends in Canada and in Ireland.

At its meeting in Halifax on Friday, 21st May, the CAIS/ACEI Executive had unanimously agreed to establish the annual Marianna O’Gallagher Lecture in Irish Studies, with the inaugural lecture to be held at the CAIS/ACEI Annual Conference at Concordia University, Montréal, in July 2011. Regrettably, we did not have the opportunity to forward this news to Marianna before her death.

Irish Studies in Canada and the gatherings of CAIS/ACEI are poorer for Marianna’s passing.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam uasal.

Pádraig Ó Siadhail
Arrangements are as follows (thanks to the School of Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia for this information):
O’GALLAGHER, Marianna, C.M., C.Q.
At the ‘‘Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec (Hôpital Laval)’’, at the age of 81 years old, passed away Marianna O’Gallagher, daughter of the late Dermot I. O’Gallagher and the late Norma K. O’Neil. She lived in Québec City.

The family will receive condolences at:

Funerarium Lépine-Cloutier
1025 route de L’Église
Quebec (Quebec)  G1V 3W1

Sunday, May 30th, 2010 from 14:00 to 17:00 and from 19:00 to 22:00 as well as Monday, May 31st, 2010 from 11:30 to 13:30.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, May 31st, 2010 at 14:00 at St-Patrick’s Church, 1145 de Salaberry, Québec City.

She leaves to mourn her brothers, her sister and her brothers in-law and sisters in-lawthe late John (Nicole Paquette), the late Brendan (Dorothy T. McNeil), Patrick (Liliane Blanchard), Neil, Ellen Clare (Ken Wood) as well as many nephews, nieces and friends. She leaves to mourn cousins and relatives of the Conway, Delaney, O’Neil and Loney families.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the ‘‘Fondation de l’Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec (Hôpital Laval)’’, 2725 chemin Ste-Foy, Québec (Québec) G1V 4G5 tel : 418 656-8711 or the ‘‘St-Brigid’s Home Foundation’’, 1645 chemin St-Louis, Québec, (Québec) G1S 4M3 tel : 418 681-4687 or Irish Heritage Quebec, 1145 de Salaberry, Québec (Québec) G1R 2V7 tel : 418 527-2238.

Parc Commemoratif La Souvenance
For information:  (418) 529-3371
Fax:  (418) 529-9506

A memorial register is available for signature at:
The editor of the CAIS newsletter, Michael Quigley, has the following request:
We solicit for the Newsletter recollections, reflections, tributes to Marianna from our members.  Given that almost all of our distribution is by email, length will be no great concern.  A bibliography of her works will also be included.
Please send to

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