A Story to be Told

October 03, 2007 08:30 ET

"What Do a Former Canadian Prime Minister and a Former Irish Prime Minister Have in Common with Tim Pat Coogan?"

Fifty years of personal accounts of the Irish immigrant experience in Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2007) - The personal endorsements by two former Prime Ministers who served their respective countries during the 1980s, The Right Honourable John Turner, P.C, C.C, Q.C. and Dr. Garret FitzGerald join renowned Irish author, Tim Pat Coogan in support of "A Story to be Told: Fifty years of personal accounts of the Irish Immigrant experience in Canada."by Eleanor McGrath and Photographs by William C. Smith.

Eleanor McGrath, business woman, mother of four children, resident of Renews, Newfoundland and Toronto, Ontario, has researched, edited and written the stories of 130 Irish immigrants' personal journeys to Canada. From all parts of Ireland, all faiths and political stripes they came by boat and plane and many never thought they would stay longer than two years.

William C. Smith, photographer has worked with McGrath to document these personal stories. "A Story to be Told" includes prominent Canadian business leaders, artists and authors such as Roy Megarry, Dora Keogh, Bob White, Kildare Dobbs, Yvonne Whyte, John Doyle and Michael Hurley to name a few.

There has never been a work undertaken such as "A Story to be Told" focusing on Irish Canadians who emigrated in the years 1940 to 1990. It is a story that needs to be heard for each of these persons, their immediate families and future generations. It is a story for Canadians, Irish and the strengthening of the historic record of immigration and multi-culturalism in Canada.

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