In her three books on the Irish Lucille Campey describes the great Irish influx to Canada which began in the eighteenth century. The first book deals with Atlantic Canada, the second focuses on Ontario and Quebec and the third covers the whole of Canada.
ONTARIO AND QUEBEC'S IRISH PIONEERS:
FARMERS, LABOURERS AND LUMBERJACKS
The book tells the story of the great number of Irish immigrants who came to live in Ontario and Quebec during the nineteenth century. By 1871 the Irish were the largest immigrant group in most parts of Canada. They founded many communities and had a huge impact on Canada's economic development.
The book gives details of the many Irish pioneer communities that formed and explains the factors which brought people together in the various locations. Detailed maps show where Irish settlers were concentrated in Ontario and Quebec while details of the ships which brought them across the Atlantic are also provided.
In his Anglo-Celtic Connections blog, John Reid described the book as "a valuable addition to the literature" on Irish immigration. An Ontario Genealogical Society reviewer found it to be "a pleasure to read, while being stacked with every source a reader could want".
CANADA'S IRISH PIONEERS:
Canada's Irish Pioneers tells the story of the Irish immigrants who made a new life for themselves in Canada. The book incorporates material from Atlantic Canada's Irish Immigrants and Ontario and Quebec's Irish Pioneers, while also extending the geographical coverage to include the Prairie Provinces and British Columbia.
The book debunks the negative imagery put about by politically-motivated people who portray the Irish as self-pitying victims. It demonstrates that the Irish were ambitious, self-funded people who were desperate to escape from extreme poverty. They fought their way out of an oppressive system and found ladders of opportunity in Canada. Using wide-ranging documentary sources, the book sets out their great pioneering achievements across Canada and provides details of their many early communities.