June 22, 2019 - Hamden, CT - Today the Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society unveiled a new website that celebrates the profound impact that Irish-Americans have had on Connecticut's past. The “Connecticut Irish-American Heritage Trail” (www.ctirishheritage.org) provides a moving history of the Irish Diaspora in Connecticut while encouraging visitors to explore over one hundred historical sites, events and organizations related to Connecticut’s Irish population and its rich history.
The website was made possible by a grant from the Government of Ireland, as well as support from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office.
Upon arriving at the websites home page users can easily drill down into the site by major categories which include History of the Irish in Connecticut, Secular Structures, Religious Structures, Monuments and Other Sites, Parades and Events, as well as Societies and Clubs. Pressing the Search button on any page will display a historical map of Connecticut, letting the user drill into the sites historical inventory by county.
The site features maps and photographs of everything from interesting gravestones to ancient homes, churches, waterways and industrial buildings, and provides key historical data to enable history buffs or weekend wanderers to understand the deep Irish roots of Connecticut.
Whether actually visited or just enjoyed on a computer in the living room, the sites along the trail are fascinating. Examples include:
Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society
P.O. Box 185833
Hamden, CT 06518
The Irish experience has had a profound impact on Connecticut's past, and its narrative spans all periods of the state's history and touches every one of its eight counties and 169 towns.