Grey Nuns Famine Annal laments disappearance of 1847 Irish grave site

by irishcanadianfamineresearcher

From Donovan King:

This powerful passage comes at the end of “The Typhus of 1847” digital archive:

http://faminearchive.nuigalway.ie/docs/grey-nuns/TheTyphusof1847.pdf (pp. 112-113).

It describes those buried as “martyrs” while elaborating on the disappearance of the Famine grave site:

“Truly it is costly to distance oneself in the vast field which we have run through. This place of Point SAINT-CHARLES which we have stridden is a blessed place, it is home to six thousand (6000) martyrs. The railroad that crosses in all directions before us today in Pointe SAINT-CHARLES and the one thousand and one (1001) dwellings that stand in all directions before us, let us barely see the place that in other times was a valley of epidemic.

An enormous stone erected as the first monument to the workers who built VICTORIA BRIDGE, is our only indicator of this venerable place, by its humble inscription.

But if the cooled ashes of our Irish brothers have neither marble nor cypress to shade their graves, Heaven will immortalize their glory, and our Canadian annals will register, with respect, this place of their misfortune and the admirable devotion it produced.

Happy is the age that made saints and martyrs under acts of oppression. Happy were the years 1847 and 1848, which gave us heroes and heroines not combating with the sword, but dying for the relief of strangers.

Oh holy religion, yours is the glory of this heroic devotion! . . . Horrific episode, but so glorious, how will we forget you? . . .”

http://faminearchive.nuigalway.ie/docs/grey-nuns/TheTyphusof1847.pdf