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Canadian Irish Migration Preservation Network launches it’s not-for-profit organization committed to the preservation, conservation and promotion of Irish heritage

With the St. Patrick’s Day festivities fast approaching, a local Irish group has launched an innovative and ambitious project to promote Irish culture and heritage here in Canada and abroad. The mission of the Canadian Irish Migration Preservation Network (CIMPN) is to research and promote Irish Heritage in Canada and to create a dynamic network of groups and individuals with similar goals.

We are excited to be sharing stories, projects, photos and music etc., of our Canadian Irish heritage with you and we look forward to connecting with you along the way and hearing about your Irish heritage. The CIMPN is interested in seeking out, recording and sharing Irish heritage narratives. We wish to highlight the contributions of our Irish ancestors and make their histories available for generations to come. We look forward to receiving a text detailing your families’ Irish heritage and Irish related projects so that it can be shared on our CIMPN network.

We are proud to present our logo which represents the value, goals and mission of the CIMPN. The Celtic cross not only represents our commitment to the preservation and protection of Irish cemeteries and burial grounds, but also to collect and share our Irish heritage narratives for generations to come. The Canada goose represents our Irish Canadian heritage and the accounts of our Canadian Irish immigration and migration histories. The Celtic circular knot is made up of a series of overlapping or interwoven knots that do not have a clear beginning or end. Due to its infinite design, the knotwork represents interconnectedness and continuity. Words connect us to our history, to our ancestors, our shared stories, but they also entwine us with our community. The CIMPN is dedicated to preserving those connections.

On the heels of a 2010 cemetery restoration in St. Colomban of Irish settlers, the CIMPN is now launching a project which would virtually connect the restoration project to Irish descendants globally. One of the main objectives of the CIMPN is the preservation and protection of Irish cemeteries and burial grounds. Have you visited a cemetery lately? Cemeteries tell stories. Researching history through cemeteries is a great way to see life from another time.

For more information about CIMPN and its initiatives, please visit or on Facebook at

Kelley O’Rourke, President

CIMPN St-Colomban Cemetery Project partners:


Montreal Irish Memorial Park Foundation, Inc.
c/o 523 rue Charon
Montréal QC H3K 2P4
Telephone: 514.928.7196 Fax: 450.247.2418

Fabrique De Paroisse Saint-Colomban
342B, Montée de l'Église
Saint-Colomban QC J5K 2H9

Histoire et Archives Laurentides
101, place du Curé-Labelle
bureau 203
Saint-Jérôme QC J7Z 1X6

CIMPN is a Member of:

Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN)
3355 rue College
Sherbrooke QC J1M 0B8

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