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Irish America magazine article on the Irish in California
Some information on the Irish in San Francisco from Mary McCloy
Over 150 years ago two Galway men, Dennis J. Oliver and Daniel C. McGlynn, from the village of Menlo near Galway, traveled to California and purchased a ranch they called Menlo Park.
Martin Murphy and his family, Irish immigrants whose search for religious and educational freedom led them to California, were the first English speaking family to settle in Santa Clara Valley in 1849. From his home, Martin introduced the area’s first orchards and modern farm equipment and helped to establish the state’s first schools.
The Rebel Cork Benevolent Association was formed by men who had ventured from the gentle green fields of their native County Cork to the seven fabled hills overlooking San Francisco Bay. Under a gas-lit lamp post at the corner of Fifth and Howard Streets, they conceived the idea of forming an organization that would extend the hand of friendship to others who would follow in their footsteps.
More than 150,000 Irishmen, most of whom were recent immigrants and many of whom were not yet U.S. citizens, joined the Union Army during the Civil War. Some joined out of loyalty to their new home. Others hoped that such a conspicuous display of patriotism might put a stop to anti-Irish discrimination. As the war dragged on and Irish casualties mounted, however, their sympathy for the Union cause began to flag, and by the end of the war many had abandoned the Northern cause altogether. But between 1861 and 1863, the soldiers who fought in the all-Irish units that made up the “Irish Brigade” were known for their courage, ferocity and toughness in battle.
AmeriCeltic is an user supported, non-profit service organization. Our Mission is to restore awareness, celebrate and preserve the culture and history of Celtic Americans by promoting live Celtic music, festivals, history & ancestry.
After the great earthquake in 1906, wealthy San Francisco families moved to the Peninsula and built large expensive homes. From 1908, until the Bourns moved to Filoli in 1917, they rented “Ski Farm” (named after a man with the surname Poniatowski, but over time became known as “Sky Farm”) on the Crocker property, adjacent to Crystal Springs Lake in San Mateo. During this time, Bourn often took his family to Europe and while on an Atlantic crossing in 1906, his daughter Maud met Arthur Rose Vincent of Summerhill, Cloonlara in County Clare, Ireland.
On March 23, 1847, the Indians of the Choctaw nation took up a collection. Moved by news of starvation in Ireland, a group of Choctaws gathered in Scullyville, Okla., to raise a relief fund. Despite their meager resources, they collected $170 and forwarded it to a U.S. famine relief organization.
The Choctaw Indians may have seen echoes of their own fate in that of the Irish. Just 16 years before, in 1831, the Choctaw Indians were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands in Mississippi to what is now known as Oklahoma on a forced march known as the Trail of Tears. Starving, freezing, many died.
This website has grown into one the largest and most extensive Irish history sites on the internet. In 2015 the site was judged the best Arts & Culture blog at the Blog Awards Ireland. The core of Irish in the American Civil War is the Blog, which contains in excess of 500 fully referenced articles about the Irish emigrant experience in the 19th century United States and the Irish of the American Civil War.
Irish Families on the California Trail including the Oregon, Overland and Mormon trails in Western America
First edition. Includes the First California Dictionary of Irish Family Names
From the first Irishman to visit the breathtaking coast of Santa Barbara in 1795, to the powerful and well-respected Irish rancheros in the San Francisco area and the Irish contractor who developed many of the first roads in San Diego, the Celtic presence is seen in many aspects of California’s development.
The Irish Film Institute had launched the Irish Independence Film Collection, a culturally significant collection of Irish newsreel material from the period 1900-1930. The films, numbering over 150 in total, provide a fascinating and unparalleled look at life in Ireland as it entered one of the most turbulent periods in its history.
The Collection can be viewed for free worldwide on the IFI’s online platform, the IFI Player, and via the free IFI Player suite of apps developed by Irish tech company Axonista.
Brehon Law is the body of ancient native Irish law which was generally operational in Gaelic areas until the completion of the English conquest of Ireland in the early 17th century. They were first set down on parchment in the 7th century and were named after wanderings lawyers, the Brehons.
The full text of The Brehon Laws: A Legal Handbook, by Laurence Ginnell, 1894.
FoundSF is a wiki that invites history buffs, community leaders, and San Francisco citizens of all kinds to share their unique stories, images, and videos from past and present. There are over 1,250 articles here presenting primary sources, essays, and images from history
Irish-Americans possess a rich and diverse history that has greatly influenced the cultural, political, and creative landscapes of the United States and beyond. Irish-American Crossroads recognizes this and is committed to revealing the often hidden histories of the Irish-American experience. Our programs promote Irish-American culture and heritage with a special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area.
Jasper O'Farrell (1817–1875) was the first surveyor for San Francisco. He designed the "grand promenade" that became today's Market Street. O'Farrell Street in San Francisco is named after him
The Wild Geese is a leading Internet destination for those looking to explore and celebrate Irish history and heritage, 'wherever green is worn.'
The American Irish Historical Society is a center of Irish culture and knowledge located in New York City. You are very welcome to attend our events, conduct research in our library, and help support our mission. In continuous operation since 1897, the Society has been non-partisan and non-sectarian since its inception. The Society welcomes new members and is pleased to make its library and select events open to the public.
Explore collection items related to Ireland and Irish American history and heritage. Enjoy the music of Ireland with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
This guide introduces the wonderful primary and secondary resources on Irish American heritage available through the Library of Congress. Running a holiday sale or weekly special? Definitely promote it here to get customers excited about getting a sweet deal.
The Irish American History Archives is a collecting initiative of the Library of the Western Reserve Historical Society. The program collects, preserves, and makes available for research the papers and photographs of the Cleveland Irish community and the historical records of Irish organizations and institutions in northeast Ohio.
Facts for Features: Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick’s Day
The Gallipoli campaign of the First World War took place between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916. This site details various aspects of life on the peninsula, explores the Irish experience of Gallipoli and uses diary accounts from eyewitnesses for each day of the campaign.
The Archives of Irish America is a repository of primary research materials at New York University that aims to transform our understanding of the Irish migration experience and the distillation of American Irish ethnicity over the past century.
For the past two years a group of Irish Americans led by Connecticut businessman Carl Shanahan has been working to create a national museum in Washington, D.C., to honor Ireland’s legacy in America. “The history of the United States is the history of Irish America,” says Shanahan. “That history deserves its rightful place in our nation’s capital”.
If California were a country its economy would be the fifth largest in the world (just ahead of the UK). Yet the tech boom is not the starkest way California has ever stood apart from its neighbours. That would surely be the maps depicting it as an island, entire of itself. Below we have featured our pick of these glorious seventeenth- and eighteenth-century aberrations, from a collection of hundreds held at Stanford.
The main signature project of the Bloody Sunday Trust remains the Museum of Free Derry. The Museum of Free Derry opened in 2007 in order to tell the story of what happened in the city during the period 1968 – 1972, popularly known as ‘Free Derry’, and including the civil rights era, Battle of the Bogside, Internment, Bloody Sunday and Operation Motorman.
Each issue of History Ireland covers a wide variety of topics, from the earliest times to the present day, in an effort to give the reader a sense of the distant past but also to offer a contemporary edge. Every article is illustrated with photographs, maps or paintings to provide a vivid impression of the topic.
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