County Societies in Irish America: The Fifth Province

November 19, 2010

The Fifth Province:
County Societies in Irish America

November 15, 2010 through January 25, 2011

at Consulate General of Ireland, New York City

The impulse to recreate a sense of home through social, cultural and sporting events can be documented wherever the Irish have settled in the world.  New York City can claim the largest cluster of Irish county societies, with the greatest longevity.

These dynamic societies have provided benevolent, protective, and fraternal sustenance for Irish immigrants since the late 1840s, especially after the founding of their umbrella body, the United Irish Counties Association, in 1904.  A strong county connection also nurtured and helped preserve Irish identity for the next generation.

At one time or another people from every one of Ireland’s thirty-two counties have come together in this way, encouraging strong relationships built around common roots.

Join us in celebrating the lifetime commitment many Irish men and women made to their heritage through membership in county societies. For them, America is Ireland’s Fifth Province.

November 15, 2010 – January 25, 2011
Consulate General of Ireland, New York
345 Park Avenue, 17th floor
between 51st and 52nd Street
New York, NY 10154

For an appointment
Tel: (212) 319-2554
Hours: Monday – Friday 12-2pm
Identification required to enter the building


Saturday, January 22, 2011, 11am–4pm
Come record your Irish county society stories or donate materials to the Archives of Irish America!

An exhibition by New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House & Archives of Irish America, created in partnership with the United Irish Counties Association of New York with funding from the Government of Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme.


Next Week at Glucksman Ireland House:

November 9, 2010

The 12th Annual Ernie O’Malley Lecture:

David Emmons discusses
“Exiles and ‘Evangelizers’: Catholic Ireland’s Western American Empire”

Thursday, November 18th at 7pm

Glucksman Ireland House NYU

In the twelfth annual lecture in this series endowed by Cormac K. H. O’Malley in honor of his father, Ernie O’Malley, Professor David Emmons presents “Exiles and ‘Evangelizers’: Catholic Ireland’s Western American Empire.”

Drawing from material in his recently published Beyond the American Pale: The Irish in the West, 1845–1910, Professor Emmons will speak about what the historian Patrick O’Farrell once called the “religious imperialism of Ireland,” the belief that God had set the Irish to wandering in order to make use of them as English-speaking evangelists. Irish Catholics, priests and laity alike, would follow wherever British imperialism or American expansionism had gone, subverting the Protestantism that animated both. This missionary Catholicism, however, turned the Irish from victims of British imperialism into the blunt instruments of American expansionism. Some Irish Americans were comfortable enough in the role; others were not, pointing out not just the irony but the injustice of Irish treating American Indians as cruelly as they themselves had once been treated.

A native of Denver and graduate of the University of Colorado, David Emmons is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Montana were he has taught since 1967. He is the author of numerous articles on the Irish in western America and three books, Garden in the Grasslands (1969); The Butte Irish: Class and Ethnicity in an American Mining Town (1989), awarded both the Robert G. Athearn Prize of the Western History Association and the Ellis Island-Statue of Liberty Centennial Prize; as well as Beyond the American Pale (2010).

Introductions by Cormac K. H. O’Malley, Prof. Joe Lee, and Alan Noonan (PhD candidate in History at University College Cork, Glucksman Visiting Scholar at NYU 2009-2010, and Visiting Student at University of Montana 2006-2007).


November 7, 2010

 The American Irish Teachers Association (AITA) of New York will host its 35th NYC conference, whereat presenters are invited to shed light and knowledge on aspects of Irish history, literature, music, art and culture for an audience of educators, and those outside the profession, with interest in the chosen topics. 

 Saturday, November 13, 2010


6 East 87th Street,

 New York, NY


9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Registration

Coffee/tea /soda bread

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks –Doris M. Meyer

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 Galway Bay

One family’s epic journey in the years of blight

Mary Pat Kelly

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Raffle

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Review of Irish Themed Books

Judy McGowan

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Action Center to End World Hunger

Sarah Bever

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Coming to America: Ireland’s Songs of


Gabriel Donohue

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Social Hour

Browse and shop all day at our vendors

Purchase books, CDs and various gift items



Mary Pat Kelly is a distinguished author and filmmaker. Her award winning PBS documentary and accompanying book, To Live for Ireland, a portrait of Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume and her portrayals of the US military in Northern Ireland during World War II established her solid reputation. She has worked as a screen-writer, and associate producer with Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live. She received a PhD from the City University and is the author of Galway Bay.

Sarah Bever is the Education Director of Mercy Corps’ ACTION CENTER TO END WORLD HUNGER, an innovative, museum –quality resource in the fight against global hunger and poverty. Designed by Ed Schlossberg and located adjacent to the Irish Famine Memorial in Battery Park City, the Center focuses on hunger in examining the challenges of poverty, health, economics and environmental issues. Ms. Bever will use a power point presentation to discuss the Center’s global education program. The AITA, as the originator of the Great Irish Famine Curriculum provides a uniquely sensitive platform for this topic.

Gabriel Donohue, a Galway native and renowned instrumentalist, song writer and performing artist, has toured with luminaries such as Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies, The Chieftains and the late Liam Clancy. His performance at the Clinton White House waspraised as ‘riveting”. Mr. Donohue was the artist-in-residence at PS 158M where his collaboration with AITA President, Doris Meyer, produced “An Gorta Mor”. Their students had the rare honor of performing this piece for Irish President, Mary McAleese to great acclaim.


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  1. Conference

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Includes – breakfast: coffee/tea, soda bread.

Lunch Buffet provided by the Liederkranz gourmet caterer

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Mail to:

Deborah Shea

1255 C. North Avenue, #6U

New Rochelle, NY 10804

Irish Genealogy News

November 6, 2010
Here’s an announcement we picked up at on the blog, IRISH GENEALOGY NEWS
The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is planning to scan all 520 microfilms that make up its collection of Roman Catholic parish registers and put the scans online.

While they won’t be transcribed (so genealogists will still be going cross-eyed and pulling their hair out with frustration at the many illegible pages of records) nor indexed, this step would be hugely beneficial. At present, family historians have to visit the NLI in person, and only one microfilm for each parish is made available at any one time.

So, while not perfect, having this resource online would be an outstanding advance. The collection represents, for the majority of researchers, the main source of birth, marriage and death records for pre-1864 (when civil registration started).

The project is still at the tender stage, so it’s some way off, but scanning and uploading 520 films to the web isn’t an enormous undertaking and should be achievable within a year from now.
Source: John Grenham/Irish Times


November 5, 2010

Roundtable Members and Friends,

The November 6th Ellis Island tour and conference on the history of nuns in America, which was to be directed by Father Peter Meehan of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Manhattan, and which was described on page three of the Roundtable’s Fall Newsletter, has been CANCELLED. Please note this change in your schedules or day planners.

Father Meehan apologizes for the inconvenience this may have caused anyone.

Thank you.