Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny pays tribute to the Grey Nuns of Montreal for the “quality of their mercy” at 2014 Irish National Famine Commemoration
At Ireland’s National Famine Commemoration held in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, at the National Famine Museum, the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny declared:
We are forever grateful to Canada and its citizens.
Canadians opened up their country and their hearts to the Irish
people…as they landed on their shores…..in an altered state…..
’the dead and the living huddled together….’
We remember today…. the families of Montreal… its priests and
nuns…. and especially…. the French-Canadian Sisters of
Charity…. The Grey Nuns….and the quality of their mercy.
Between them, they looked after 800 children whose parents had
died on board the emigrant ships.
To quote from the London Times: ‘the Black Hole of Calcutta
was mercy compared to the holds of these vessels’.