All Blog Posts Tagged 'Immigration' (27)

Canals Dug By the Irish in the United States

The Erie Canal in New York was the first canal dug by the Irish.  They did a splendid job and were hired by Mansuel White to dig the New Basin Canal in New Orleans. They were shipped in but the conditions were so bad -- no shelter. no food -- that they…

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Added by margaret campbell on February 27, 2017 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments

'The Irish Milliner,' Fourth Novel in 'The Irish Dresser' Series

It is New York City and the Civil War is brewing. Norah McCabe, an Irish immigrant who escaped the Famine as a child, is now a young widow with a daughter. A milliner, struggling to survive in tumultuous times,…

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Added by Cynthia Neale on February 10, 2017 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

The 'Start' and the Finished: The Pub and Irish Emigrants to Britain

A short extract from a chapter in my book about the history of the role of the pub in the lives of Irish emigrants. This is a part of  Chapter 7 of 'Have Ye No Homes To Go To? The History of the Irish…

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Added by Kevin Martin on December 8, 2016 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

'Brooklyn': Film Versus Novel

There’s a saying we have in Ireland that you’d nearly think was coined for Colm Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn. Namely, if you’ve the name of getting up early in the morning you can lie…

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Added by Colm Herron on November 13, 2016 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Tallying the Irish in Britain Over the Past Two Centuries

Although the first census of the United Kingdom was held in 1801, it was not until the 1841 census that respondents were asked to state their country of birth, thereby enabling us to see the size of the Irish population in Britain. We cannot, therefore, accurately judge…

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Added by Kieron Punch on March 21, 2016 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

RTE Radio To Highlight Irish Legacy in America's Civil War

Over the next two Sundays, RTE Radio 1 in Dublin will broadcast programmes on the legacy of the Irish in the American Civil War . Programme 2 will feature the importance of P. S. Gilmore as the unofficial 'bandmaster general' of the Union Army and the role that…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 11, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

'Brooklyn' the Movie: Finding Love, Vanquishing Fear

There is a moment in "Brooklyn" -- the recently released 1950s period semi-romance -- when one naive and worried young Irishwoman turns to a slightly less naive and worried young Irishwoman and asks her what America will be like. The response is heartfelt,…

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Added by Sarah Nagle on December 10, 2015 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments


Heritage Partner
Spotlight on Father Flanagan, Founder of Boys Town

Edward Joseph Flanagan was born in 1886 in Leabeg, County Roscommon, to John and Honoria Flanagan, both fluent Irish speakers. He was the eighth child in a family of eleven children.

Pictured, above, a scene from the "Boys…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on November 7, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Mayo Man Louis Brennan: Inventor of the Guided Missile

An Irishman walking along the bank of a slow moving river near Castlebar, Co.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 10, 2015 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Connecting With Roots, Loss, in Belfast the Beautiful

The whole day that I spent in Belfast and the evenings on either side really need more than one blog post. That day we went to so many places and I was shown so many things. It was mind-blowing and at times very emotional. Belfast is a lovely place and I…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 6, 2015 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

'I Sleep Every Night Almost at the Muzzle of the British Cannons' -- 1812's Battle of Queenston Heights

In 1812, in the first summer of America's 'second War of…

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Added by Don Gray on September 17, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Cork-Born MD a Hero, Patron for Buffalo's Laborers, Clergy

I ran across a man and his daughter lost in the 19th century history of Buffalo, Dr. John Cronyn (pictured) and Juliana Cronyn. They were extraordinary people by any stretch of the imagination.

John Cronyn was born in Blackrock, a suburb of Cork City, in 1825 and moved with his parents to Toronto. He finished first in his medical…

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Added by William J. Donohue on August 25, 2015 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

'We Built This City': How the Irish Constructed Today's London

The huge Irish contribution to building today's London has been marked by a short video, 'We Built This City,' a project completed by the Irish Architecture Foundation as part of Irish Design 2015. It is a lovely piece, something we can all be justifiably proud of. So many of us either emigrated ourselves, or had family or friends…

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Added by Brian Nolan on August 24, 2015 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Podcasting the Dot-Irish Experience Worldwide

We have no doubt that the word "Irish" in anyone's domain name, particularly as a TLD (top level domain, that is, 'behind' the dot) helps a marketer (and any devotee of the Irish experience)…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 31, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Roscommon Poet Becomes Bard for 100,000 Aussie Workers

Songs of the Snowy Mountains: The Settlers (Editor: Shannon O’Boyle)

Reviewer: J.A. O’Brien

Summary: Songs of the Snowy Mountains: The Settlers represents an important new contribution to the history of Australian…

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Added by James O'Brien on July 31, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Long Ago Grandfathers, the Mississippi, and Genetic Memory

This very interesting post from Claire Fullerton inspired me to write this one.

In the last 5 years or so my Dad has done a ton of work on genealogy. He has done both his side and my Mom's side. It's been…

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Added by Daniel M. Foley, Jr. on July 2, 2015 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

Margaret Gaffney Haughery: From Poverty to Philanthropy

By Dr. Laura Kelley

“No work was too menial, no venture too unprofitable, for her.”…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 17, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Cholera in Athlone - May, 1849

While P.S. Gilmore prepared for his departure from Athlone in…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 19, 2015 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

Irish Coffin and Convict Ships

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Added by Lonnie on January 18, 2015 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

Not Too Frigid To Hear the Story of The Irish in 'Da Big Easy'

New York -- About 20 stalwarts, including three members of The Wild Geese, trekked to American Irish Historical Society last night in near sub-zero temperatures for a presentation on "…

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Added by Gerry Regan on January 8, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

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