Cultural Association of New Brunswick
Since St. Patrick's Day was tomorrow, I had everything all
planned for a celebration at supper time. I covered the Washington pie with
light green frosting and Cliff used some dark green to make the shamrocks.
Carefully I made my way from the pantry to the table, carrying my beautiful
cake on the pedestal plate. I was so busy admiring my masterpiece that I
forgot to watch where I was walking. I did not notice the dog stretched out
on the floor until I stumbled over her. The cake went sliding off the plate.
That was the end of the celebration.
It would take more than the loss of a cake to put a stumbling block in
the way of celebrating March 17 by the members of the Irish Canadian Cultural
Association of New Brunswick. The association was founded in 1983 to revive
and promote all aspects of Irish culture in New Brunswick with the mission
to foster an awareness of the traditions, history and artistic expression
of the Irish people. In July of 2003, they launched their website at newirelandnb.ca which provides relevant
information for the researcher of Irish Ancestors in New Brunswick.
Of interest to the family researcher is the Irish Families of New Brunswick.
This list was extracted from a larger compilation by Robert F. Fellows,
which contains information on over 4,000 of the first families to arrive
in New Brunswick. Each descriptive family entry contains the name of the
head of a household, the date and place of birth, the names of his parents
and the date of his death. Next is listed the date and place of marriage,
the name of his wife and her vital statistics. Each of the children and
their vital information, including the names of their wives, is listed.
The family entry concludes with the name of the file, book or collection
in which information was found, approximate number of pages within the file,
and bibliographic or descriptive material as required. There are over 50,000
index entries to facilitate access. To view the files listed in this guide
the researcher can visit the Provincial Archives on the University of New
Brunswick Campus, Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and from 8:30 AM
to 5:00 PM on Saturdays, excepting statutory holidays.
Perhaps the most noticeable legacy of the Irish population in New Brunswick
is the number of communities founded by them. As is the usual custom, the
Irish immigrants often used the names of their communities to remind them
of their homeland. They also used it as an opportunity to make their mark
on the new landscape, of which they had become a large part, by commemorating
names or events important to the new settlement.
* Ennishone was a settlement 3 miles north of Drummond and 3 miles
north east of Grand Falls in Drummond Parish, Victoria County. It was probably
named for Innishowen, County Donegal in Ireland and was settled in 1861.
There was a Post Office there from 1887 to 1936. In 1866 Ennishone was a
community with about 24 families and in 1898 had a population of 100 and
included the community of Godbout. Today Ennishone is a dispersed community.
The section on Irish-New Brunswick Facts and Trivia presents a number of
interesting facts of how the Irish immigration has contributed to the growth
and culture of New Brunswick.
* Saint John's first "Irish Free Presbyterian Church" was founded
in 1843 when the Saint John Congregation, wanting a minister from Ireland,
separated from the Scottish-based St. Andrew's Congregation. Their first minister,
Rev. Robert Irvine, came from Ballynahinche in 1844.
* St. George in Charlotte County was founded on February 20, 1784
by Peter Clinch, who was born in Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath. He was educated
in Trinity College, Dublin.
It is the intention that the past issues of Shamrock Leaf, the Irish
Canadian Cultural Association of New Brunswick's semi-annual publication,
which was first printed in the fall of 1983 will be posted on the website.
Over the years many articles of great interest to Irish historians, genealogists
and people with an interest in all things Irish have been printed in these
It is the plan that the newirelandnb.ca website will hold
information not only on the Irish of the past but will provide a portal to
current events taking place throughout New Brunswick.
Ruby M. Cusack is a genealogy
buff living in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Send your New Brunswick
genealogical queries to her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include your name and mailing address for the benefit of the readers of
the newspaper who do not have access to E-mail but could have information
to share with you. Please put "Yesteryear" followed by the surnames
in your query. For more information on submitting queries, visit
a "Family History" column to the Telegraph-Journal on Tuesdays