On The Historians Podcast with Bob Cudmore, Roger Higgins, author of Billy Gogan Gone Fer Soldier, tells about his historical novel concerning an Irish immigrant to America and his experiences in the Intervención estadounidense en México, the Mexican War, in the 1840s. [Read more…] about A Historical Novel of the Mexican War
Christopher Klein, author of When the Irish Invaded Canada, is set to share the incredible true story of the Civil War veterans who fought for Ireland’s freedom on Monday, May 13 at 7 pm, at the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany.
When the Irish Invaded Canada tells the story of a band of Irish-Americans who fled the Great Hunger in Ireland, fought on both sides of the Civil War, and then united to undertake one of the most fantastical missions in military history — to kidnap the British province of Canada, hold it hostage, and ransom it for Ireland’s independence. With the tacit support of the U.S. government, the self-proclaimed Irish Republican Army attacked Canada not just once, but five times between 1866 and 1871 in what are collectively known as the Fenian Raids. [Read more…] about Irish Fenian Raids Talk Set for Albany Monday
Much like the ‘information wanted’ ads that appeared in 19th Century Irish American newspapers I am posting this notice seeking information on an Irish American living in New York City in the late 19th Century. His name was Michael J. Kerwin, formerly of Philadelphia, and usually was identified either as Colonel or General Kerwin.
I am researching General Kerwin from my home in Sammamish, WA for an article about him for the New York Irish History Roundtable’s annual journal. I have access to digitized historical newspaper archives and have scoured the internet.
Kerwin was commented on frequently in the New York City newspapers from the mid-1880s until 1900, but I have found no collection of personal papers, there is no file on him at the National Records Administration archives in St Louis and I have found just two images of him. Given his higher visibility and notoriety in the papers of his day, I’m hoping materials exists about his time in New York from 1870 to 1912, tucked away somewhere in New York.
The American Irish Historical Society has announced “Eugene O’Neill and Ireland,” a talk by Dan McGovern, president of the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, has been set for Thursday, April 25th, at 6:30 pm.
Eugene O’Neill was the only American playwright to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. It was at Tao House in Danville, California, where O’Neill wrote his greatest plays, including Long Day’s Journey Into Night and The Iceman Cometh. [Read more…] about Eugene O’Neill and Ireland: A Talk by Dan McGovern
Christopher Klein, author of When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom (Doubleday, 2019), is set to share the true story of the Civil War veterans who fought for Ireland’s freedom by launching attacks on Canada, on Monday, April 8 at 6:30 pm at the American Irish Historical Society in New York City. [Read more…] about Fenian Irish Raids On Canada Historian Speaking In NYC
The Oneida County History Center has announced their 4th Annual Irish Tea Fundraiser has been set for Saturday, March 16 from 1 to 3 pm. The Irish Tea Fundraiser features hot beverages, Irish fare, finger foods, desserts, door prizes, and more.
Entertainment to include a presentation by Bob Sullivan on Irish immigration and the potato famine, plus traditional Irish songs performed by Clinton native and internationally touring performer Nick Abounader. [Read more…] about Oneida County Irish Tea History Fundraiser Set
The American Irish Historical Society has announced a book launch for The Writing Irish Of New York, a collection of original essays and remembrances by Colum McCann, Billy Collins, Luanne Rice, Malachy McCourt and many others who provide personal accounts of how generations of Irish authors found their voice in the Big Apple, has been set for Tuesday, February 12th at 7 pm. [Read more…] about Book Launch: The Writing Irish of New York
The Rev. John G. Fitzgerald, or “Father Fitz,” as he was known to contemporaries, was the first resident Roman Catholic priest in Old Forge. He is fondly remembered as a missionary to the widely scattered working people of the region and as a prolific builder of churches. His obituary in 1925 and local histories rightly focus on his time in Old Forge, but Father Fitzgerald had a significant career prior to that. His early assignments reveal a resourceful and energetic clergyman who made an impact across the Adirondacks and North Country. He served the people of northern New York State for a total of 49 years providing faith, culture, and kindness.
John Gerald Fitzgerald was probably born November 19, 1850 in Deptford, Kent, England (now part of Greater London). His parents, Patrick Fitzgerald and Joanna O’Connor, were both born in Ireland. John was educated in Catholic schools in England, namely: Blackheath; Sedgley Park in Wolverhampton; and St. Edmund’s in Ware, Hertfordshire. Records from St. Edmund’s show that a John Fitzgerald attended the school from 1868 until 1871. Soon after, John emigrated to the United States where he attended St. Joseph’s Provincial Seminary in Troy, NY. He was sponsored by the recently established Diocese of Ogdensburg. At seminary, John served as choirmaster and developed what would become a lifelong interest in music. He was ordained at Troy by Bishop Bernard J. McQuaid of Rochester on June 10, 1876. [Read more…] about Catholic Missionary to the Adirondacks Father Fitz
The Oneida’s County History Center’s 3rd Annual Irish Tea Fundraiser is set for March 17th, from 1 to 3 pm.
The Irish Tea features a three course tea with finger foods, desserts, door prizes, and more.
Entertainment to include a presentation by Bob Sullivan on one of our country’s most famous Irish descendants, John F. Kennedy. [Read more…] about Irish Tea Fundraiser For Oneida County History Center
Author Eileen McGough is set to give a talk on Diarmuid Lynch: A Forgotten Irish Patriot, on Wednesday, February 28th, at 6:30 pm at the American Irish Historical Society.
Diarmuid (Jeremiah) Lynch, a native of Tracton, was at the heart of the 1916 Easter Rising.