Tag Archives: Canada

The Forgotten Irish

‘The Forgotten Irish’ is a community of Irish people living over two thousand miles from Ireland in Newfoundland, Canada, whose ancestors left their home country six generations ago.  Have a look at this Radharc program from RTÉ’s archives, looking at a colony of Irish people for whom time has stood still.


A group in Newfoundland is working with the Power Clan Gathering steering committee in Ireland to facilitate air travel and accommodations for the Power Clan event next June. The package will also include optional tours to other parts of Ireland. For more information, email PowerClanNL@gmail.com

Grand Banks Cod Fishery

The vast majority of Irish migrants to Newfoundland came from the counties such as Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny,Tipperary and Cork. No other province of Canada or location in the USA drew such an overwhelming proportion of their immigrants from so geographically compact an area in Ireland and over so prolonged a period of time.

BluePlaqueWaterford city was the primary port of embarkation and mid way along its mile long north quay stands the blue plaque (opposite). Most migrants came from within a day’s journey to the city, or its outport of Passage East, 10 km  down river in Waterford Harbour. New Ross and Youghal, Co. Cork were secondary centers of transatlantic embarkation. Old river ports such as Carrick on Suir and Clonmel on the River Suir, Inistioge and Thomastown on the River Nore, and Graiguenamanagh on the River Barrow were important centers of recruitment. So were the rural parishes along these navigable waterways.  Many left Ireland to meet relatives already working at the Grand Banks Cod Fishery, off Newfoundland. aptly named in Irish as Talamh an Éisc.

The Irish in Newfoundland

Check out this interesting series of videos from a program called “An Bothrín Glas” – the Green Road – which features Irish descendants in Newfoundland, Canada – such similarities to the south-east of Ireland – it’s amazing.  Any Powers out there in Newfoundland ?  Get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.