The #ForgottenIrish of Co. Galway

The latest #ForgottenIrish story is now available on Storify. It forms part of the continuing effort to raise awareness in Ireland of the c. 200,000 Irishmen who fought in the American Civil War, and their families. As with the previous Storify stories it is based on a Twitter tweetathon. So far #ForgottenIrish has covered CorkKerry and Donegal with Cavan and Sligo to follow in the coming days. If you would like to read the Galway Storify you can do so by clicking here.


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Categories: Digital Arts and Humanities, Galway

Author:Damian Shiels

I am an archaeologist based in Ireland, specialising in conflict archaeology.

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6 Comments on “The #ForgottenIrish of Co. Galway”

  1. September 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    Just discovered my great grand uncle, Michael Glynn form Rie Hill Galway fought with the 6th Massachsetts Light Artillery in the New Orleans area during the Civil War. Found his gravesite in a Civil War memorial area in Forestdale Cemetery, Malden Mass. He died in 1930 but his is the only grave without a stone. The Veterans office is working to correct that.

    • September 29, 2014 at 8:55 am #

      Hi John,

      Many thanks for the comment. It sounds like he had a very interesting life- out of interest where did you get the information regarding where in Galway he was from, was it via a pension file?

      Kind Regards,


    • October 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

      Hi John

      Is that Ryehill, Monivea ?

      There are Glynns nearby and also another family the Ruanes (Rowans) who also fought in the Civil War were neighbours


  2. October 18, 2014 at 8:58 pm #


    Great site !!

    Just found this about a local person John Loftus

    Wondering how to find out about him



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