Friday, March 8, 2013

Atwater Library Luncheon Series Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

On Friday, March 15 at 12:30 p.m, Dr. Dana Hearne presents readings from the best of Irish poetry and fiction, accompanied by the music magic of Andriu MacGabhann (Belfast Andi) and Patrick Hutchinson.

And on Thursday, March 21 at 12:30 p.m., there will be a talk On D'Arcy MCGee with David A. Wilson Professor of History at the University of Toronto.

Prof. Wilson will give a talk on D'Arcy McGee, based on his award-winning two-volume biography, Thomas D'Arcy McGee: Passion, Reason, and Politics, 1825–1857 and Thomas D'Arcy McGee: The Extreme Moderate, 1857-1868.

He will end his presentation by playing the Lament for the Death of the Hon. D'Arcy McGee, composed by James Stephens.

These talks will be presented at the Atwater Library and Computer Centre, 1200 Atwater Ave. at Ste-Catherine (métro Atwater), Montreal. With funding for the author from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Free admission; donations invited. Everyone is welcome.

The Atwater Library website is at

Descendants of Francis Harris of Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia, United Empire Loyalist

Just received a note from Ross W. McCurdy in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, that he is putting together a companion piece to recently published Descendants of James & Anna (Rice) McDormand of Brier Island, Nova Scotia.

Francis was originally from Dutchess County, NY being baptized there 9 May 1740, s/o Joseph & Catharina (Hegeman) Harris. As may be expected, descendants are numerous and are spread over the U.S., Canada, and beyond.

He and fellow descendant, John Blythe Dobson, FASG, have been busy putting the compilation together, and they would like to hear from anyone who would have information on the Harris family.

Anyone with questions or wishing to contribute material may contact either party: Ross W. McCurdy at or