Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Atlantic Canada's Irish Immigrants – book launch
The book is available in three formats
– paperback, epub and kindle – via Dundurn
Billed as 'a transformative work that explodes assumptions about the importance of the Great Irish Potato Famine to Irish immigration', a new book – Atlantic Canada's Irish Immigrants: A Fish and Timber Story – has been published by Dundurn.

Its author is Lucille H Campey who was awarded the prestigious Prix du Quebec by the Quebec government earlier this year in recognition of her ongoing contribution to Canadian immigration studies. She has written several books on the subject of Scottish and English immigration to Canada and this is the first of three books on the Irish.

In its 424 pages, she traces the relocation of around 90,000 Irish people to their new homes in Atlantic Canada and considers why they close their various locatons in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland.

She shatters the widespread misconception that the exodus was primarily driven by dire events in Ireland and highlights how, through their skill and energy, they benefitted themselves and contributed much to the development of Atlantic Canada.

The publisher describes the book as essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the history of the Irish exodus to North America and says it provides a mine of information useful to family historians.

The book will be available via Amazon shortly.