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Podcast 213 – From the Irish Roots Cafe
Irish in America, part 5, audio edition.
Audio Run Time: 1:09 from

Todays Blog contains a few notes from my free audio book
podcast which will soon be posted at:

The hardcopy edition of this book is at Amazon and:

Audio Edition of the First Book on the Missouri Irish.
The Original History, with genealogical notes,
by Michael C. O’Laughlin, as read by Molly Nickle:

More Famine Irish; The Murphy Wagon,
Fr. Donnelly; Kansas City Irish settlements

I opened this section of the book,
“Joseph Murphy left town and climbed the fabled Indian Mound,
pondering his dilemma. He had arrived in St. Louis, parentless
at the age of 13, and built up a small wagon trade..”

Joseph Murphy
Todays excerpt covers the arrival of Joseph Murphy
as a young boy from County Louth. He became an
amazing success, his company building thousands
of wagons for the westward movement in America.

He was supposed to be greeted by family members
but they had left for parts unknown. So, he was
on his own when he arrived. I remember researching
the records looking for names of the Irish workers
on his wagons, but it seems there were more Germans
than Irish. The Irish worked well when they came
to work, but may have been a bit independent, so
the work force was primarily German according to
my sources.

We also find 30 illustrations or more, from my
collection on the Irish in Missouri, including
the famous and infamous, maps and extracts.
I think Molly reads the list of illustrations on
the audio, but of course, we could not show them.

Irish in Kansas City
I then moved on to the Irish in Kansas City, virgin
territory when I started to research this book.
The early settlers are included, and of course, the
Fr. Donnelly saga, along with the story of the
first parades in the 1800′s and who was in them!
The Shamrock Society and the Hibernians were
the first organizations of record in the 1800′s.

First K.C. newspaper
St. Louis had its first two newspapers published
by Irishmen, and now we find the first was
printed by Kennedy in Kansas City. The name
of the paper was The Kansas Public Ledger
in 1851 when it first came out, and it was
published near the River in what is Kansas
City Missouri today. I think it was on Water
Street, which no longer exists.

Irish politics are always present, and there
were plenty in Kansas City. People complained
of the Irish controlling the city back in the
1870′s, and I included some quotes from the
papers of the day on that…work crews also
held many Irish names as listed in the paper.

The above are just a few tidbits from the book,
and you can listen to it on my podcast or hear
all 7 hours of ‘Missouri Irish’ on our CD.

Next is part 6, which covers the St. Patricks
Day Parades.
Then it is part 7, for the Irish Wilderness
settlement and Father Hogan.
Finishing with part 8commentary:
‘My Irish American Heritage’
Sullivan, Donahue, Buckley, Kelliher Cork, Kerry,
Civil War, Iowa, Missouri… Special guest reading
by Patricia Donahue (O’Laughlin)

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Irish Family History and Genealogy show #192
with curious news and notes from Ireland.
From the Irish Roots Cafe at

The Sack of Baltimore, County Cork, 1631
Now here is an example of Irish genealogy that requires a
knowledge of history.  The 17th century was traumatic for all
those in Ireland.  The Battle of Kinsale, the Flight of the Earls,
Cromwell, The Treaty of Limerick all happened in that century.
Tens of thousands of men were exiled to the continent, these
were the wild geese of Ireland.  The native Irish families lost
their lands and influence entirely.  A way of life was gone.

The Village of Baltimore, Co. Cork
Originally under the shadow of O’Driscolls Castle, this seaport
was profitable in business. English settlers had been granted
rights there.  Many say that Coppinger of County Cork had
designs on the town and its profits, and he may have had
something to do with the tragic affair.

Hacket the Traitor
It seems Hacket, a fisherman from Dungarvan, was captured by
the pirates earlier and he gave up the town of Baltimore to the
pirates, in exchange for his safety.
So, two ships with these pirates arrived to burn, rob, terrorize
and take hostages. The bloody band included Algerians, Ottoman
Turks and Dutchmen. Their captain was Dutch. They took around
107 hostages, only two of which are said to have ever returned.

Justice Served
Several books have been written on the subject, and even a
screenplay.  The fate of the hostages was grim, with many serving
as galley slaves, or in the harem of the Sultan.  Justice was served
to the traitor Hacket however.  He was hung two years later, near the
village he had destroyed.  Many of the surviving townspeople
relocated to the town of Skibbereen – which is noted for later
tragedy, during the 19th century great famine in Cork.  Song and
story have recorded that misery as well

Thomas Osborne Davis
The story is well told by Thomas Davis, and is one of my favorite
recitations here at the hedge school.  Here is an extract from that
work.  We take up with the fate of the hostages below:

“Oh, some must tug the galleys o’er, and some must tend the steed-
This boy will bear a Sheiks Chibouk, and that a Bey’s jerreed.

Oh, some are for the arsenals, by beautious Dardanelles;
and some are in the caravan to Mecca’s sandy dells.

The maid that Bandon gallant sought, is chosen for the Dey.
She’s safe – he’s dead- she stabbed him in the  midst of his serai;

And, when to die a death of fire that noble maid they bore,
She only smiled – O’Driscolls child, She thought of Baltimore

‘Tis two long years since sunk the town beneath that bloody band,
and now amid its trampled hearths a larger concourse stand.

Where, high upon a gallows tree, a yelling wretch is seen -
‘Tis Hacket of Dungarvan – He who steered the Algerine !

He fell amid a sullen shout, with scarce a passing prayer
For he had slain the kith and kin of many a hundred there-

Some muttered of MacMurchaidh, who brought the Norman ‘oer -
Some cursed him with Iscariot, That Day in Baltimore. “


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