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Irish Heritage Lecture Series
November 24 & December 1

The Benevolent Irish Society will sponsoring its Annual Lecture series which is now over 30 years in duration. In the course of the series the intention is to present one or more lectures on the Island’s Irish Community, on Ireland and the Irish, and on the wider Celtic (Scots, Breton, Welsh, Manx) community. 

On November 24 Dr. Tiber Falzett will share a tale of the supernatural In his lecture “’S Ann à Baile Thròndndairnis a Dh’fhalbh An Còmhlan...” (“It Was From a Trotternish Village That The Group Departed...”): Lament, Memory, and the Supernatural in the Isle of Skye and Prince Edward Island. This talk explores a legend and accompanying lament, Cumha Lachlainn Mhàrtainn (Lament For Lachlan Martin) composed by Angus Shaw (Aonghas mac a’ Lighiche) commemorating a tragedy that befell a wedding party in the Isle of Skye on January 31, 1820. In some accounts as once recited in the cèilidh houses of both Prince Edward Island and the Isle of Skye the tragedy is attributed to witchcraft. Field recordings, newspapers, and other published sources will be employed, highlighting in particular the remarkable endurance of memory among Prince Edward Island’s Skye communities. 

The final talk in this year’s series will take place on December 1 when Dr. Ed MacDonald talks about The Legend Of Edward Whelan: Hit And Myth In The Life Of A Famous Islanders. Edward Whelan, today remembered chiefly as an Island Father of Confederation, wore many hats: able politician, brilliant journalist, Irish—then Island nationalist, outspoken reformer, acclaimed orator, tragic figure. 

All lectures in this series will take place at the Hon. Edward Whelan Irish Cultural Centre, 582 North River Road, in Charlottetown, on Friday evenings at 7:30 pm. There is no admission charge but donations are appreciated.


Sir William and Sir Andrew: The McGill Connection
November 24

Dr. James Moran Two distinguished Canadian doctors, both of whom graduated from and taught at McGill University, were knighted by the King in 1911 and 1918 respectively. These were Sir William Osler, sometimes referred to as the “Father of Modern Medicine,” and Sir Andrew Macphail, outstanding man of letters and author of the classic memoir The Master’s Wife. One of the most famous physicians in the English-speaking world, Osler grew his reputation in Montreal from 1874-1884 as a professor at McGill. Macphail was McGill’s first professor of the history of medicine, from 1907-1937. Thus their time spent at McGill did not overlap. How well could they have known each other? Pretty well, as it turns out. In a upcoming talk to be presented at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell, Dr. James Moran will draw on a collection of correspondence between Macphail and Osler stretching between 1909 and 1919, examining the “McGill Connection” between two famous physicians who had more than just Montreal in common. This is the annual Sir Andrew Macphail Memorial lecture, co-sponsored with the Prince Edward Island History of Medicine Society and held on Macphail’s birthday, November 24. Start time is 7 pm, preceded by a cash-bar reception at 6:30 pm. Admission is by free-will donation. Dr. Moran is a historian of medicine and mental health at UPEI. He is currently finishing a book called Madness on Trial: A Transatlantic History of English Civil Law and Lunacy. Like Sir Andrew Macphail, he loves Montreal, but prefers to live on Prince Edward Island. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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