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Peter Southam Launches New Book on Irish in the Townships

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--June 14, 2012.

St. Pat’s Society Launches Book!

The St. Patrick’s Society of Richmond & Vicinity is celebrating its 135th anniversary with the release of a book on local Irish history. The book, Irish Settlement and National Identity in the Lower St. Francis Valley is written by Peter Southam, a retired history professor from University Sherbrooke and published by the Richmond St. Patrick’s Society.

The book describes two hundred years of Irish presence in the Lower St-Francis Valley, a section of Quebec’s Eastern Townships that surrounds the Town of Richmond. Much of the source of information for the book was provided by local families. Part I deals with Irish rural settlements and then part II focuses on the Richmond’s St-Patrick’s Society.

The book is available through the society’s web site (, at Townships Expressions (819-566-5717), and Papeterie 2000 in Richmond. For those who would like the book by mail please send a cheque of 40$ (25$ for the Book and 15$ shipping and handling) payable to Richmond St. Pat’s. c/o: Richmond St Patrick’s Society, 220 Principale N., Richmond, QC J0B 2H0.

The St. Pat’s Society and the Town of Richmond are sponsoring an official book launch on June 21 at the Richmond City Hall at 7 p.m. Peter Southam, author of Irish Settlement and National Identity in the Lower St. Francis Valley, will be present to say a few words and sign books. Everyone is invited to see this much-anticipated research.