Tag Archives: emigration

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

Church Records for Waterford

There are lots of surviving church records in Waterford City and County – most of these are available in some for or another on FamilySearch and Ancestry.com but the most comprehensive index as to what records exist can be downloaded here.

As with all records, it is essential to know the place of origin of your ancestor – parish is the most obvious one, as this is how these records are broken down.  Also have a look at this resource from Waterford City Council Library Service, which details other church records available.

A Lone Emigrant

John Power, was an ordinary Waterford man and like so many of his contemporaries, an ordinary emigrant.

Born in Waterford in 1833, he left his native county nineteen years later in 1852, travelling alone, but with 183 other souls, on the famine ship ‘Orinoco’, direct from Waterford to New York.

His name now appears, along with countless others on the new Irish Emigrant Database, online for free at the website of the Dunbrody Famine Ship, in New Ross.  What became of John Power ?  What went through his mind as he sailed for a final time down our magnificent harbour, out past Hook Head and away across the Atlantic ?  Did he have descendants ?  Did he ever come home ?

John Power, just one common farming man, amongst thousands, who sailed over the horizon …

Dunbrody Famine Ship

While many of our Newfoundland Irish cousins may have emigrated to take advantage of new fishing and economic opportunities in Canada, many left too to escape the ravages of famine in Ireland.

The replica famine ship “The Dunbrody” now stands at permanent anchor at the town of New Ross, an important port of departure from south-east Ireland.  Through actors and interesting narrative, this exhibit takes us through this difficult and often desperate time in Irish history … visitors to New Ross, Waterford and Wexford should definitely make the ship a stop on their tour of the south-east. Dunbrody logo

See their website here (including the new Dunbrody Irish emigrant experience, database and interpretive museum).

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.