It appears that this topic and blog that I thought might have become a closed parentheses has opened back up for me. I have been invited to speak about my Irish work and writing for a special program hosted by the Mattatuck Museum, of Waterbury, CT. The event, History and Hops, will be held at Blackstone Irish Pub in Milldale/Southington, CT, from 2 to 3 pm on April 15! I’ve been working hard on a PPT presentation that I hope will be of interest to a range of people. I’ll speak about my own journey over more than 20 years of studying Irish history and learning to do genealogical research, ultimately bridging the origins of the earliest Irish settler group in Waterbury and nearby areas to the actual places from which they came in Ireland, and meeting so many wonderful people along the way. While I’ve shared reams of photos here from my five extended pilgrimages to Ireland, I have intentionally kept information on this blog general. In this talk I will bring my personal story home, having “found my self” through this work in a way I never imagined. (I’ll also have copies of Waterbury Irish: From the Emerald Isle to the Brass City for sale.)

Hoping that some subscribers to Maher Matters who live within traveling distance may join us on April 15! Please register through Mattatuck’s website or from this link:


All good wishes, Janet

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