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2018 Irish Heritage Award, Joan Murphy, Recipient
The 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade
St. Patrick's Day Parade Awards 2018
The Crowning of the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade
Queen took place at the Irish-American Community Center
recently. Photos are by George Waldron.
We wish to extend a special 'Thank you' to TV-8's Laura Hutchinson's
participation at this event.
Images taken of the January 2018 Parade Road Race
at the Farmington Canal. Photos by George Waldron
Images taken of the 2017 Irish History Round
Table Dinner at The Playwright
On October 28th 2017, CT. Irish American Historical
Society held its annual wreath laying ceremony at Bayview Park, New
Haven to honour the
Connecticut 9th Regiment Volunteers. Among the guest speakers was Lucy
Harvey, who gave a brief talk on her great great grandfather, Capt.
Laurence O'Brien. The following is the content of her speech:
My great, great grandfather, Laurence O’Brien was
born the in Cahir, County Tipperary in 1841, the eldest son of Edmund
O’Brien and Elizabeth Hammil. He immigrated with his parents to the
in 1852 after witnessing family and friends endure great suffering
during the Potato Famine. The O’Brien’s settled in New Haven where
Laurence attended Saint Patrick’s school and apprenticed to his father
as a stone mason. As a young man, he joined a state militia group known
as the Emmet Guards. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in
the Ninth Connecticut Volunteer Regiment. He was presented with a sword
by the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Saint Patrick’s Church
before leaving for the war.
O’Brien is credited with capturing the flag of the 3rd Mississippi
Regiment at Pass Christian, and acting as the provost marshal and judge
in various parishes of Louisiana during 1862. He was also promoted to
the rank of captain in October of 1862.
After the war, O’Brien got involved in the Fenian movement to fight for
freedom for his native Ireland. Records show them delivering funds to
Ireland nine times. In 1867, he was captured in Ireland while bringing
in funds and was imprisoned at Clonmel jail. But, he astonished his
captors by escaping and returning to the United States amid great
In 1869, he married Catherine Devine, and together they raised five
children in New Haven where he worked as a contractor. He was an active
member of local veteran organizations, serving as the Commander of the
Admiral Foote Post of the Grand Army of the Republic which returned the
flag they had taken from the Mississippi regiment. He also became a
historian, and a contributing writer to local veterans groups,
historical societies, and newspapers. He served on every local
committee involving Revolutionary War and Civil War events. In 1890, he
served as a pallbearer at the funeral of John Boyle O’Reilly, the
Irish-born poet, author and activist who fought for the Fenian cause.
Captain Laurence O’Brien died on January 1, 1923 at the New Haven home
of his youngest daughter, Elizabeth O’Brien Oswald, my great
grandmother. Lucy's daughter, Molly, who obviously is the great great
great granddaughter of Captain O'Brien, also attended the wreath-laying
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Fr. Mckeon,
Division 7 held its
2018 July cruise around the Branford Thimble Islands which was once
again a sold out event. Pics follow.
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
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.
Recently,CTIAHS V.P. Vince McMahon and Shanachie
editor, Neil Hogan gave a talk at Canton Historical Society.
2017 Flag Raising Ceremony,
on the lower New Haven Green
Sunday April 23
Images of the 2017 Ball
Shanachie editor Neil 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 Famishing'
A 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
The following images
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.
Friday, September 24, 2015, Irish
Taoiseach/Prime Minister Enda Kenny was the recipient of an honorary
degree by Quinnipiac University president, John Lahey. The following
images represent members of various Irish organisations within the
Greater New Haven area
2015 Connecticut Irish Festival
(Photos taken by George Waldron)
On June 13, 2015, a Commemoration was held at St.
for 2 Fenian soldiers, namely, Patrick Tierney and Catalpa James
The following photos were taken at Quinnipiac's
'Great Hunger Museum' recently
Frank McCarthy with George Waldron
Visitors from CTIAHS
An Gorta Mor - The Follwing article appeared on the
front page of the
Irish Echo, Oct 3-9, 2012 edition
Quinnipiac 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
A 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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