Documentary Film about the Famine Irish in Quebec: “Remembering a Memory”



Remembering a Memory, produced by Ronald Rudin (Concordia University) and directed by Robert McMahon (Royal Ontario Museum) explores the various stories inspired by the immense Celtic Cross constructed in 1909 on Grosse-Île , a tiny island near Quebec City, which is the site of the largest cemetery outside Ireland connected with the Potato Famine of the 1840s. This film reflects on how and why the memories evoked by Grosse-Île have so dramatically shifted over the past century.


Ronald Rudin, Concordia University.


Robert McMahon, Royal Ontario Museum.

The film “Remembering a Memory” can be viewed at the following link:

The film builds on and complements the research of Dr. Colin McMahon, especially his MA thesis entitled “Quarantining the Past: Commemorating the Great Irish Famine on Grosse Ile” (2001):