"Landing in NYC from Ireland"
Middle 1800s
(from a painting at Castle Garden by Samuel B. Waugh)



WELCOME to the New York (NY-IRISH-L) Discussion List. This is a discussion area for anyone who has an interest in the Genealogy,  History, Culture or anything related to the Irish immigration to New York.   This list is for the whole state of New York, including of course, New York City where most of the Irish immigrants first stepped off the boat.  If your ancestor lived or even just passed through New York, they have a special type of culture.  The fun part of the list is figuring our what part or our traditions originated in Ireland or originated from New York.  Because of the many different immigrants all living in poor neighborhoods when they first came over, many of our traditions are a result of the many nationalities living together.  This list will be a place where we discuss those traditions that include holidays, recipes, music, weddings, births, funerals/wakes, etc.  Hopefully, in our discourse we will find where the tradition started and which are pure Irish, which are NY Irish or which are just New York.


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Beyond the Melting Pot, 2nd Edition:
The Negroes, Puerto Ricans, Italians & Irish of New York City
by Nathan Glazer & Daniel P. Moynihan
(Highly recommended by Webmaster)


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The New York Irish
Ronald H. Bayor and Timothy J. Meagher
(click above and see some pages of the book)


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155th New York of Buffalo
Irish Civil War soldiers Re-enactment

The Irish Brigade in the Civil War
by Joseph G. Bilby
The 69th New York and other NY Regiments..


Historical Record Lists

General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, Parishes and Baronies
of Ireland Based on the Census of Ireland for the Year 1851

Ireland GenWeb 

Fianna Guide to Irish Research 

New York GenWeb 

NY State Library Genealogy Section 

New York Resources on the Web 

New York Family History 

Ireland Genealogical Projects 

New York Lookup Volunteers 

New York History & Genealogy 

New York Irish Network 

New York Irish History Roundtable 

Emerald Isle Immigration Center of NY 

A History of the Irish in NY 

American Irish Historical Society 

Irish Rifles, 37th NY Volunteer Infantry 

The Irish Art Center of NY 

NY Irish Warpipe Band 

The Voice of Irish America 

Irish Internet Hub 

The Irish Brigade Association 

Irish American magazine 


Ireland GenWeb

Fianna Guide to Irish research 

Homepage of New York City's Irish of the 1800s
by Nancy Ryan Celleri

Passenger lists for Castle Garden, NY arrivals

Calvary Cemetery, Woodside NY

Orphanages of greater NYC 

Potter's Field link

Articles on Juvenile Detention  in NY


Irish Immigrants in New York City, 1945-1995:
by Linda Dowling Almeida
This book tells the story of one of the most visible groups
of immigrants in the major city of immigrants in the last half of
the twentieth century.


  • recipes
  • Christmas traditions
  • New York food
  • Irish food
  • hobbies
  • NYC streets
  • NY Irish songs posted on the mailing list
  • NY Irish Surname Registry, A to C 8/16/2019
  • NY Irish Surname Registry, D8/16/2019
  • NY Irish Surname Registry, E to G8/16/2019
  • NY Irish Surname Registry, H to L8/16/2019
  • NY Irish Surname Registry, M to O8/16/2019
  • NY Irish Surname Registry, P to Z8/16/2019
  • poems
  • NY Irish Mailing List Lookup Service
  • articles
  • NY Irish jokes
  • John Hughes story
  • and who knows what???
  • Far From the Shamrock Shore CD Song Histories
    listen to some of the songs
  • Our Irish Veteran's Hall of Fame
  • Passenger Lists Links
  • NYS Genealogy Research Resources, by county
    links added 3/7/04
  • Annie Moore and Ellis Island
    pictures, history and links
  • Irish Brigade buried at Calvary Cemetery
    Born from the 69 Regiment, NYS Militia, added 63rd, 69th & 88th NYSM
  • Dempsey Funeral Home Records, Calvary Cemetery burials
    45 books, as transcribed, going online
  • Calvary Cemetery Photos & Transcriptions-free site
    almost 300 pictures, 600 indexed names, Irish surnames


    Start Your Family Tree
    (This links to Ancestry.com, but it totally free and a way to make connections.)




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