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

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 ]

Latest Issue of The Shanachie - Volume 31 - Number 3

December 30, 2019 - In this issue: Heritage Trail website - Irish footprints abound from one end of Connecticut to the other; Irish firsts in state history; Scots-Irish colony blossomed in the 1720s; Puritan settlers were suspicious of Ulster Presbyterians; Early victory for women's rights; Gov. Dempsey's legacy - Irish-born governor flourished in the 1960s  ... [ 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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