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The Irish in the American Civil War (History Press Ireland)

United States Release for Irish in the American Civil War Book

I am delighted to announce that my book, The Irish in the American Civil War, will officially become available in the United States from the 1st May. Originally published for the Irish market last year, you can already order it online from vendors such as amazon.com. When it first came out I provided a brief […]

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Father Corby at Gettysburg (Memoirs of Chaplain Life)

Irish Examiner Feature: Remembering the Irish Lost at Gettysburg

As many regular readers of the site will know I have been campaigning for some time (along with colleagues) to see greater recognition in Ireland of the cost of the American Civil War to the Irish community. It was the second biggest conflict in terms of numbers in which Irishmen served in uniform, yet we […]

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170th New York Infantry, Corcoran's Irish Legion, 1863 (Library of Congress)

A Podcast on the Irish in the American Civil War

The Irish in the American Civil War featured on RTE Radio One on Sunday last. The programme began with a piece on the Irish American Civil War Trail with which I am involved, and continued with a discussion between presenter Myles Dungan and myself on the trail and some of the stories covered in my […]

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James Rowan O'Beirne during the American Civil War

James Rowan O’Beirne and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

A previous post on the site explored the role of James Rowan O’Beirne in the hunt for John Wilkes Booth following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. When Journalist Jody Moylan got in touch with regard to American Civil War veterans who were natives of Roscommon, O’Beirne immediately sprang to mind. Jody was captivated by O’Beirne’s […]

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The furling of a Civil War era flag at the Martin McHugh Ceremony, April 21, 2012

Medal of Honor: Seaman Martin McHugh Remembered

A recent post told the story of Landsman Thomas E. Corcoran, a Dubliner who received the Congressional Medal of Honor having helped to save the lives of some of his crewmates aboard the stricken USS Cincinnati on 27th May 1863. The vessel had been disabled by fire from the Confederate batteries at Vicksburg, having been repeatedly struck by enemy shells. […]

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Officers and men of the 9th Massachusetts (Library of Congress)

Irish in the American Civil War Podcast

I had the pleasure recently of participating in a discussion on Irish involvement in the American Civil War as part of the 1848 Tricolour Celebrations in Waterford. It took place in the Granville Hotel, on the site of Thomas Francis Meagher’s birthplace, and was organised as part of History Ireland magazine’s ‘Hedge School’ series. The […]

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Granville Hotel, The Quays, Waterford. The site of Thomas Francis Meagher's birth

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

As I am an archaeologist by profession, the vast majority of public presentations I give are related to that subject, principally my area of expertise which is conflict archaeology. It is therefore very gratifying for me to have two upcoming engagements which have arisen as a result of the Irish in the American Civil War site. I […]

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Irish American Civil War Trail

Irish American Civil War Trail Logo Design

Some of you will be familiar with efforts that I and a number of colleagues in Ireland are making with regard to an American Civil War trail in Ireland, hopefully to be accompanied by some form of all-island memorial. For any of you interested in reading a little more about this project check out our […]

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Programme for the National Museum of Ireland American Civil War Seminar

National Museum of Ireland Seminar on Irish in the American Civil War

The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin will be holding a day of events on 16th April to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. Professor Thomas Bartlett of the University of Aberdeen will discuss ‘Ireland and the American Civil War’, while Dr. Patrick Geoghegan of Trinity College, Dublin […]

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‘Fág an Bealach’ Docudrama in Post Production

Tile Films are in the final stages of work on their two part docudrama Fág an Bealach (Faugh a Ballagh/Clear The Way) which focuses on the Irish Brigade. Each programme is 52 minutes in length and has been prepared for TG4 and the Smithsonian Channel USA. Episode One looks at the Brigade at the Battle of […]

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