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Latest Issue of The Shanachie - Volume 33 - Number 3

September 2021 - In this issue: Theater presents musical on career of ace softball pitcher; The railroad era and an Irish family; Lyons family immigrated to Connecticut by way of Quebec; Plumber with Leitrim roots linked to New Haven Fenians; Collection of Irish railroad wife's writings preserved at UConn ... [ more ]

CT Irish-American Historical Society Donates to Help Native Americans in Need

June 8, 2020 - When Ireland was deep in the throes of the Great Hunger, the cry of millions of starving people was heard across an ocean, by a Native American tribe recently displaced to Oklahoma. The selfless act of the Choctaw people is widely recognized: they came to aid of the Irish while their own suffering was still so raw.  Now that Native Americans are suffering greatly from the COVID-19, the Irish people are coming to their aid with donations to help alleviate their suffering. The Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society has joined this effort to help ... [ more ]

Help Preserve the History of the Irish in CT 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 ]

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 ]

Connecticut 9th Regiment Annual Wreath Laying

November 3, 2019 - The Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society held its annual wreath laying ceremony at Bayview Park, New Haven to honor the Connecticut 9th Regiment Volunteers. [ 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” ( 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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