FILM: The Irishman

Thousands of the children of the Gael were lost on this island while fleeing from foreign tyrannical laws and an artificial famine in the years 1847-1848. God bless them. This stone was erected to their memory and in honor of them by the Gaels of America. God save Ireland.

                   The Ancient Order of Hibernians Inscription on Celtic Cross on Grosse Île, August 15th 1909.


In The Irishman – Child of the Gael, our narrator Sean recounts his maternal and paternal ancestors’ dramatic immigrant experiences in Canada from the 1800s to the early 20th century. Fleeing desperate conditions in Ireland, survival in the new world is a struggle of a different sort, involving quarantine, isolation and backbreaking employment, building the Victoria Bridge, constructing the railways and canals that will open Canada’s frontiers to trade and settlement.  The third film in his animated series on Canadian history, from Mike Burns’  six published stories, The Water of Life (Chemin des Cantons, 2009), in  The Irishman – Child of the Gael, Montreal filmmaker G. Scott MacLeod fuses  rich pencil animation with new digital media to provide a deeply moving  depiction of an iconic early Canadian immigrant experience. Written and  narrated by Burns, a celebrated Montreal storyteller, The Irishman – Child of the Gael is the story of thousands of Irish immigrants to this country who arrived  to unthinkable conditions and who went on to build the very roads and railways that made prosperity possible.