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In November 2016, a sign depicting Irish canal
diggers(pictured below), was placed on the Farmington Canal in
Cheshire, to pay tribute to the many
Irish laborers who took part in the construction of the canal itself in
early 1800's. Credit for this 'monument' goes to Bob Larkin of
Cheshire. For more information on this project, please read on....
The Irish Canal Digger sign was installed
on November 22, 2016. The new trail section from West Main
St. to Jarvis St in Cheshire cost three million dollars. The Town of
Cheshire payed 10% and the rest came from State
and Federal coffers. There are three sign locations. The first in this
newly-finished section pays tribute to the 'Irish Canal Digger' at West
Main Street(route 68) in Cheshire, located
next to a Stop and Shop gas station and visible from the road. The
were responsible for the most difficult work digging through the
Cheshire swamps during the 1820s. An old Irish neighborhood near the
sign was called 'Canal Street', but had its name
changed to the current 'Willow Street'. The other trail
locations with signs involve the history of a trolley line crossing
with remnants of a tower near Jarvis Street. The third
is where a train crossed the trail years ago. The final Cheshire
section of the trail(0.66 miles), connecting West Main St.
and Cornwall Ave. will be the responsibility of the CT. Department of
Transportation and is scheduled to start in 2017 with
completion expected in 2018. Once all work is done, the trail,
including Southington, will connect New Haven
to Northampton MA. The Irish Digger sign, including the signs
at the other two locations were done by Creative Dimensions
of Cheshire. In addition to the canal, a Cheshire Public Building
Commission project completed the restoration of Lock #12
at the trail years ago. A plaque by Doolittle School students gives
credit to Irish laborers at the canal. Photos of both the new Irish
and the restored Lock #12 with a sign crediting Irish laborors are
The area referred to below(bottom of sign) the
location where the sign currently stands.
The following images were taken later during a
photo-op at the canal sign
The January 2017 Irish History Round Table meeting
featured Sacred Heart University professor John Roney who gave a talk
on fishing for a living in early Ireland, and the controversy over
Professor Jon Roney, Sacred Heart University
A Family gathering in Portmagee, County Kerry.
(Katie Regan is just left of front center in the green sweater)
The Building below is the Lockwood-Matthews Mansion
located in Norwalk, CT.
it was the home of many Irish young women who were hired as
servants to both the Lockwood and Matthews families in the early 1900's.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Fr. Mckeon,
2016 July cruise around the Branford Thimble Islands was once
again a successful event. Pics follow.
The following images are of the 2016 Ethnic
Heritage Awards ceremony which was held at the Trinity Restaurant on
In April 2016 Professor William Matthews of UCONN
gave a presentation
on the 1916 Easter Monday Uprising in Dublin on April 24th
V.P. Vince McMahon gave a talk at The Irish Community Center
on the 1916 Uprising in Dublin, Ireland.
2016 Flag Raising Ceremony,
on the lower New Haven Green
Sunday April 24
The following monument was unveiled at the
American Club on April 24, 2016, commemorating the 100th anniversary of
the 1916 Uprising on the General Post Office in Dublin Ireland on
Easter Monday of that year.
Images of the Ball
Bernadette Hines lead the
New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade as its Grand Marshal.
New Haven St. Patrick’s Day
Queen and Honor Attendant Selected!
Kaitlyn Cullagh is the
of Sean and Irene Cullagh. Her ancestors are from Tipperary. She is
currently a student at Sacred Heart University studying nursing and
will graduate in 2018. She is also employed at the Yale New Haven St.
Raphael’s Campus as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Her personal
ambition is to help others through nursing and volunteering. Her other
interests include volunteering, traveling, reading, and spending time
with family and friends. Her grandmother and father are members of the
New Haven Gaelic Football & Hurling Club. Both her grandmother
Kathleen Cullagh Carew (1963) and aunt Mary-Kath Cullagh Christoforo
(1992) were former Parade Queens, making Kaitlyn a third generation
Queen, a first for the competition and parade!
2016 Honor Attendant
Attendant Caitlin Shea Clark
daughter of Deborah Bracknell and Scott Clark. Her ancestors hail from
Northern Ireland and immigrated to the USA in the mid-1700s. She is
currently employed as a Design Assistant at the Dina Varano Gallery, as
well as runs her own company Cait Shea Designs. Her personal ambition
is to raise funds for charity by hiking the Appalachian Trail. Her
other interests include knitting, art, sailing, hiking, traveling, and
immersing herself in new cultures. Caitlin is a member of the
In the above photo from left to right; Colleen Hines, 2016 Grand
Marshal of the parade, Kaitlyn Cullagh 2016 Parade Queen and Caitlin
Shea Clark 2016 Honor Attendant.
Cullagh and Clark will represent the four clubs that comprise the
Associated Irish Societies – the New Haven Football & Hurling
Club, the Knights of St. Patrick, the West Haven Irish-American Club,
and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Their first major appearances will be at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Ball on Saturday, March 5, at Anthony’s Ocean View, followed by their
roles as parade queen and honor attendant in the March 13th St.
Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade will begin at 1:30 pm in downtown New
Hogan gave a talk recently
at Quinnipiac University's
Hunger Museum on a book in which he and the Connecticut Irish American
Historical Society published in 1998, 'The Cry of the
topic well known to most Irish men and women
on the potato famine in Ireland during 1845 thru 1852. A must read for
those who may not be fully aware of that period known as 'Black '47.
Copies of 'The Cry of the Famishing' and a more recent book
also published by the historical society,
'Connecticut's Irish in the
are available by contacting Mary McMahon at 203-795-6309.
taken of the
2015 Irish History Round
Table Dinner at The Playwright
were taken in mid November
2015 at the Lockwood-Matthews Mansion, in Norwalk, CT, where Shanachie
editor, Neil Hogan gave a presentation
on young Irish girls(domestic workers). Through hard work and
perseverance how they blended into society and the American way of life.
Associate Prof. in the English
Dept. of UCONN Humanities
Institute, Fellow and Coordinator of the Irish Literature
and a native of County Galway, gave a talk on
'The DeAnglisising of Ireland' at the IHRT
meeting in November 2015.
On November 6, 2016, CT. Irish
held its annual wreath laying ceremony at Bayview Park, New Haven
to honour the Connecticut 9th Regiment Volunteers.
Friday, September 24, 2015, Irish
Taoiseach/Prime Minister Enda Kenny was the recipient of an honerary
degree by Quinnipiac University president, John Lahey. The following
images represent members of various Irish organisations within the
Greater New Haven area
gathering of the
committee took place recently
at the Playwright restaurant as Fr. Mark Kirby greeted those who took
almost $40,000 to help renovate the Stamullen, County Meath
a monumental task
still needing much financial assistance
. If you wish to make a donation
for the monastery's
continued success, go to www.cenacleosb.org for the details. Below are
pics from Father's visit.
Tom Wydra gave a speech at
the Irish History Round Table meeting in September 2015
Connecticut Irish Festival
taken by George Waldron)
June 13, 2015, a Commemoration was held at St.
for 2 Fenian soldiers, namely, Patrick Tierney and Catalpa James
Parade Queen Margaret Heeran(right) and
Honour Attendant Siobhan Dacey
Patrick's Day Parade 2015
following photos were taken at Quinnipiac's
'Great Hunger Museum' recently
McCarthy with George Waldron
Visitors from CTIAHS
Gorta Mor - The Follwing article appeared on the front page of the
Irish Echo, Oct 3-9, 2012 edition
University has built a museum strictly
dedicated to 'An Gorta Mor'(The Great Hunger),which occurred in the mid
1800's in Ireland. Below is a sampling of some of the images on display
within the exhibit
commemoration for Irish heroes who died during
the Civil War
and are buried at St. Bernard's Cemetery, New Haven, was held on
October 23rd, 2011. The following photos were taken at that event.
There are over 300 Irish war dead buried there. Flags mark these graves.
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