The Great Gathering of the Frampton Irish

I wish some day we could have a great gathering in Frampton, maybe in the year 2015. We were always told, when I was young, that the Irish arrived in 1815." (Donald Brennan, guest book entry, March 1, 2012)
Two years ago, a small group of Frampton residents got together to talk about having a great gathering of Frampton's Irish descendants. Through word-of-mouth, social media, and Dennis McLane's Framptonirish.com website, the group (by then a committee) received an overwhelming response. So from July 2 to 5, 2015, Frampton Irish descendants will be gathering in Frampton to celebrate their common history, their ancestry, and their love of Frampton.

History sets 1815 as the year Frampton Township was opened for settlement, and Andrew Murphy is reported to have been its first settler. Andrew Murphy probably moved onto the land based on a 'location ticket', most likely before the winter of 1815. He officially received his actual land concession the following new year. On June 23, 1816, the first resident of Frampton was baptized. She was Marie Louise Byrnes, daughter of Patrick Byrnes and Catherine Hastings. Andrew Murphy was the godfather. (source: www.Framptonirish.com)
Situated some 70 kilometres southeast of Quebec City, Frampton Township included the areas extending westward and eastward from the banks of the Etchemin River, where land concessions were made to the newly-arrived Irish. Pierre Édouard Desbarats provided the land on the western shore of the Etchemin River, and the Henderson brothers made land concessions on the eastern shore of the river, now known as Saint-Malachy.

The Great Gathering 2015 festivities will begin with a golf tournament at the Club de Golf Dorchester in Frampton. There will be an official Meet & Greet on Friday evening. Saturday's activities include an "Afternoon of History & Storytelling," followed by dinner and a party. The Gathering will end on Sunday with church services and a long farewell.

To kick off the announcement of the Great Gathering of 2015, a small but enthusiastic group of Frampton Irish descendants will be marching in Quebec City's St. Patrick's Day parade on March 22. And they promise to be out in full force at next year's parade!
The Great Gathering committee is now fundraising in anticipation of the costs associated with holding this event. To make a donation or to learn more about the Great Gathering, please write to [email protected] .

If you are a Frampton Irish descendant, you belong at the Great Gathering! To add your name to the Great Gathering list and to receive updates, write to Kathleen at [email protected]. Please visit our website at www.framptonirish.com for updates.