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Luncheon Lecture with Speaker Robert Kearns “The Amazing Story of Toronto’s medical response to the 1847 arrival of thousands of Irish Famine Migrants and the typhus epidemic that threatened them and the city.”
May 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Amazing Story of Toronto’s medical response to the 1847 arrival of thousands of Irish Famine Migrants and the typhus epidemic that threatened them and the city.
Join our monthly Luncheon lecture series on ZOOM with speaker Robert Kearns
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ZOOM lecture.
$10 for members, $15 for guests
FREE registration until
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
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Robert G. Kearns is the principal of Kearns Insurance Corporation. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Archaeology and Greek & Roman Civilizations from University College Dublin, before immigrating to Toronto in 1979.
Since his arrival, he has been continuously involved in Irish-Canadian business and cultural relations, making significant contributions to a number of Irish-Canadian organizations.
These include as a member of the Board of the Ireland Fund of Canada from 1980-2004 (Chairman from 1989-1992). The Ireland Fund of Canada is part of the largest worldwide network of people of Irish ancestry and friends of Ireland. It is dedicated to raising funds to support programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development.
In 1997 Robert became the founder and Chair of the Ireland Park Foundation. (recently renamed the Ireland Canada Foundation). His commitment to creating an Ireland Park in Toronto came to fruition in June 2007, when over 3,000 people watched the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, officially open the new Ireland Park at 3 Eireann Quay on the waterfront at the foot of Bathurst Street.
The Foundation was instrumental in the development of the archaeological site of the Emigrant Hospital in Toronto found at the corners of King & John Streets, where 862 Irish Famine victims perished of typhus in 1847. Later, through Robert’s initiative, the discovery of an unmarked Irish Famine communal grave of 281 Protestant men, women and children was discovered in St. James Cemetery. It remains the only known Irish Famine Protestant grave anywhere, forgotten for over 160 years.