The Celtic cross at the Artillery Park
A gift from the people of Ireland to the people of Québec
© Jonathan Houle
In 1997, when James Gallery, the founder of Strokestown Park Famine Museum, in County Roscommon, Ireland, heard of efforts being made in Québec to obtain a Celtic Cross, he generously donated the cross. More than sixty children from the Mahon estates of Strokestown were adopted in the city of Québec and area in 1847-1848. James Callery wished to honour the Québec families that cared for them.
The cross, sculpted by Aileen Brannigan from blue limestone in the Feelystone quarries, incorporates elements sacred and profane; mythological and scriptural; historical and legendary, themes taken from High Crosses of Ireland. In addition, the year 2000 is marked, and famine ship is in evidence.