Help Us Rebuild History at the Saint-Colomban Cemetery!

Join us in preserving the rich heritage of the Saint-Colomban Cemetery by supporting our fundraising campaign to rebuild the crumbling wall that safeguards numerous historic monuments. Together, we can ensure the protection and restoration of this sacred site for generations to come.

The Need

The existing wall supporting the monuments in the Saint-Colomban Cemetery is deteriorating, putting at risk the precious monuments that bear witness to the history of this cherished community. Without prompt intervention, these irreplaceable artifacts may be lost forever. We aim to raise $30,000 to rebuild the wall and safeguard the memory of the past.

Our Goal

With your generous contributions, we will rebuild the wall, reinforcing its structural integrity and preserving the historic monuments within its protective embrace. Your support will directly impact the preservation of this sacred space, enabling future generations to connect with their ancestors and appreciate the heritage that defines us.

Why it Matters

The Saint-Colomban Cemetery is not just a resting place for the departed but also a living testament to the cultural and historical legacy of our community. By rebuilding the wall, we are not only honoring the memory of those who came before us but also ensuring that their stories and contributions endure.

Join Us

Help us reach our $30,000 goal by making a donation today! Every contribution, big or small, makes a significant impact on the restoration of this sacred site. Together, let's watch the thermometer rise as we strive to rebuild history, one brick at a time.

Donate and Make a Difference

Visit our donation form to make a secure online donation. You can also contribute by sending a cheque to CIMPN at 61 rue Somerset, Baie D’Urfe, Quebec, Canada, H9X 2V8. Let's work together to rebuild the wall and preserve the remarkable legacy of the Saint-Colomban Cemetery.

Thank you for your support and for joining us in this important endeavor. Together, we can ensure that the past continues to inspire and educate future generations.

People in the News

From *Nuacht - May 2006

People in the News
By Kathleen Dunn
(Page 14)

Isn’t it amazing how quickly things can happen when a group of enthusiastic, like-minded people get together such as those concerned with the St. Columban gravestone restoration project. Since their story appeared in the last issue of NUACHT (p.15), committee chair Fergus Keyes reports that Jeff Legault of Ottawa has revamped the initial attempt into an "absolutely terrific" website ( Kelley O’Rourke has done an "unbelievable" amount of research and she and Jeff will soon have it all on line, names, dates of birth and death, spouses, children, tombstones, pictures. Kelley and company also produced a publicity folder to raise awareness during the St. Patrick’s season. They carried a banner in the Parade, attended the Luncheon, spoke on various radio shows and were interviewed for newspaper articles. Meanwhile, Ken Neil has been looking into repairing and/or replacing tombstones, erecting monuments, and the possible costs involved. With her bilingual, bi-cultural background, Anne McLaughlin is interfacing with the St. Colomban Parish on the logistics of the project. Donations have fallen off since the flurry of activity in March so fundraising became a priority at the committee meeting on May 13th. Fergus says, "The growth of the whole thing is very interesting to watch. Originally, I just intended to have a page to perhaps meet a few other descendants, then the cemetery restoration project came along. Once this was finished, in a year or two, I thought that basically our job would be done. But now with the recent vandalism of the cemetery of nearby St. Canut and the vandalism of the little Catholic chapel at the Bonnibrooke Golf Course in St. Columban, there are many other possible projects to consider.

Also, Claude Bourguignon is discussing with the Town to set up a permanent Irish heritage display at City Hall. I guess the work of preserving the Irish heritage in St. Columban and the surrounding communities will likely go on and on for many years to come!!!" We’ll keep you posted.

*Nuacht, is the St. Patrick's Society's newsletter.