Welcome to the Connecticut Irish-American Heritage Trail

The Irish experience has had a profound impact on Connecticut's past, and its narrative spans all periods of the state's history. Irish immigrants and Irish-Americans have been involved in the settlement, defense and ... [ more ]

Latest News and Events

Help Preserve the History of the Irish in Connecticut via the Great Give®

April 24, 2020 - The CT Irish-American Historical Society is participating in The Great Give® 2020, a 36-hour online giving event from May 5th to May 6th to support local non-profits in the Greater New Haven area. Please join our campaign by making a donation to help preserve the history of the Irish in Connecticut and beyond! ... [ more ]

Latest Issue of The Shanachie - Volume 32 - Number 1

March 31, 2020 - In this issue: Tolland County - Many Irish footprints then & now; Irish roots deep and plentiful in Tolland County; Scots-Irish were founders of the town of Union; Irish studies programs blossom on UConn campuses; Dodd Research Center focuses on human rights; Rockville is home of extraordinary Civil War museum; From Ireland to Connecticut to Pennsylvania by 1900 ... [ more ]

Virtual Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Connecticut

March 17, 2020 - While the Coronavirus has postponed or canceled almost all Saint Patrick's Day events it cannot dampen the spirits of the Fighting Irish in Connecticut!  To help you celebrate the holiday at home with your family, the Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society has published this "virtual parade" by gathering a selection of prior year's celebrations as captured by local revelers. Please enjoy the holiday safely. Thank you! ...more ]

Great Hunger Museum in Hamden Needs Our Help!

January 2, 2020 - Today, Ireland's Great Hunger Museum is facing a crisis. Quinnipiac has decided that the museum must become financially independent by 2020 or it will be closed. Many Connecticut Irish clubs and groups are organizing fund-raising campaigns to ensure that this Irish institution will survive. We all can help by becoming dues-paying members of the museum ... [ more ]

CT Irish-American Historical Society Unveils Heritage Trail Website

June 22, 2019 - Hamden, CT -  Today the Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society unveiled a new website that celebrates the profound impact that Irish-Americans have had on Connecticut's past. The “Connecticut Irish-American Heritage Trail” (www.ctirishheritage.org) provides a moving history of the Irish Diaspora in Connecticut while encouraging visitors to explore over one hundred historical sites, events and organizations related to Connecticut’s Irish population and its rich history ... [ more ]

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