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Monasterevin Monument © 2011 Janet Maher

Monasterevin Monument © 2011 Janet Maher

I apologize that technical difficulties have delayed the book, as I know that many of you are almost as anxious for it to arrive as I am, but a proof should be here within days and, given no problems, copies should be available within a week or so after that. Please save the date and plan to come, if you can, to the Naugatuck Historical Society on Thursday, June 21 at 6 pm. I will give a short talk about From the Old Sod to the Naugatuck Valley: Early Irish Catholics in New Haven County, Connecticut and will sign copies! Hoping to see you there!

Table of Contents 

I: Background Ireland; Arrival of the Normans; Conquest of Ireland; Rebellion; Thomas Francis Meagher; Some Potential Connections Between New Haven County and Ireland

II: Catholicism in New England; Catholic Churches; Christ’s Church, Saint Mary’s Church, New Haven; Immaculate Conception/Saint Mary’s Church, Derby; Catholic Schools in Early New Haven; Early New Haven County Cemeteries; Early Catholic Waterbury; Catholic Schools in Waterbury; Old Saint Joseph Cemetery

III: Catholicism in Naugatuck; The First Catholics; Saint Anne and Saint Francis Churches

IV: Vignettes of Selected Families: The Butlers; The Brennans; The Martins; The Conrans; The Learys; Some New Haven Mahers; Adelaide Quigley, Thomas Maher, Matthew Maher, Michael Maher; Anthony Meagher, John Maher, Jeremiah Maher; Ireland and America Letters; Josephine Maher and Family

V:  Saint Francis Cemetery Transcriptions: Sections A & B; Sections C, G & Portion of H; Sections F & Portion of H; Sections E & Portions of D, H; Section H; Modern Section; Tombstones That Cite A Location in Ireland


Appendix: Selected Additional Photographs


Image Identification


(399 pages; 336 images)

©2012 Janet Maher/Sinéad Ní Mheachair

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