Exiles and Islanders: The Irish Settlers of Prince Edward Island

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Aug 17, 2004 - History - 360 pages
Over ten thousand Irish settled in PEI in the nineteenth century; by 1850 they comprised about a quarter of the Island's population. They were mainly pre-Famine immigrants and mostly Catholic. They came from all thirty-two counties of Ireland and settled in all sixty-seven townships of PEI. They took up farming, fishing, and rural occupations; raised large families; and retained their Irishness for several generations. Exiles and Islanders includes family names and places of origin that will be of particular interest to the Island's Irish descendants. An intriguing cultural history, the book provides new insight into the early settlers of Prince Edward Island.
 

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Contents

Prologue
3
The Legacy of New Ireland
7
LessTravelled Roads
27
The Meeting of the Waters
49
An Irish Principality
71
Kings Countys Irish Domain
94
County Monaghan before the Emigration to Prince Edward Island
117
The Monaghan Settlers A People Set Apart
141
The Crown and the Harp
174
Storm over Belfast An Irish Retrospective
203
An Island of Destiny
231
Epilogue
255
Notes
259
Index
303
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Brendan O'Grady (1925-2018) was a long-time PEI resident and wrote several articles on Irish immigrants in PEI for the Abegweit Review and other journals. He was a past president of the PEI Celtic Heritage Association and professor emeritus at the University of Prince Edward Island.

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