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The Irish in Latin America and Iberia
A Bibliography

By Edmundo Murray

Argentina 5

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Nally, Patrick, Los Irlandeses en la Argentina, in: Familia: Ulster Genealogical Review, Vol. 2, No. 8 (1992). [document]

Nevin, Kathleen, You'll Never Go Back (Maynooth: The Cardinal Press, 1999). Original edition by Bruce Humphries (Boston, 1946). The experience and homesickness of an Irish girl from Co. Longford (the author's mother) in 19th C Argentina. Work and love in urban and rural life of the pampas, with a gradually changing ethic (and ethnic) vision of both natives and fellow immigrants. 230 pages.

Newman, Sharon, Hasta la Vista! The Westmeath-Argentina Connection in: The Westmeath Examiner (Mullingar, 19 September 2002). Midlands journalist Sharon Newman writes about the history and activities of the Longford-Westmeath Argentina Society, founded in 1989 by Mike Duffy, Pat Nally, Billy Foley and others. She quotes Chairman Tom Ganley: 'If you mention almost any name in Westmeath you will find that name in Argentina. It’s part of our heritage or we are part of their (Argentina’s) heritage. It’s an aspect of our heritage that should not be forgotten.' Interesting to the researcher, 'the Westmeath Examiner was still a part of the Westmeath emigrants’ lives, as after it’s establishment in 1882, hundreds of papers were sent over to relatives in Argentina.' 
O’Brien, Declan, The Argentine Irish: Our Forgotten Cousins in: Farmers Journal (13 July 2002). In this article, Irish Argentines are Argentine Irish, since it deals with the contribution of the Irish to Argentina and the potential contribution of their families to Ireland (due to the ongoing economic crisis in Argentina). Apart from certain historical flaws (e. gr., Father Fahy’s hometown was Ballymahon, Co. Longford, instead of Loughrea, Co. Galway), the author recurs to the old story of the Irish estancieros getting rich in Argentina. Interesting linguistic considerations are undermined by the repetition of political clichés, like ‘the 600,000 or so Argentines of Irish extraction,’ and ‘the fifth largest Irish emigrant community worldwide.’
O'Byrne, Mary. Strands from a Tapestry: A Story of Dominican Sisters in Latin America (Dublin: Dominican Publications, 2001). 'In 1967, three sisters from the then autonomous, semi-enclosed Taylor's Hill convent in Galway set out for Argentina to investigate the possibility of opening a mission there. This book tells the story of what resulted from that journey. The sisters started their work in Argentina by administering the school in the Keating Institute in Buenos
Aires. When Taylor's Hill joined the Cabra Congregation of Dominican Sisters, others joined the Argentine adventure and the work was expanded. The decision to move into direct evangelisation through pastoral work in the barrios brought the sisters into even more direct involvement in the lives of the people' (from the publisher's website).
Ó Catháin, Máirtín (Dr, Magee College, University of Ulster, Derry/Londonderry) Dr. John O’Dwyer Creaghe (1841-1920)
Irish-Argentine Anarchist.
O'Connor, John (ed.), 4 de Julio 1976 - 4 de Julio 2001: Veinticinco Años de la Masacre de San Patricio (Buenos Aires: Parroquia de San Patricio and Dirección General de Derechos Humanos, 2001), 31 pages. A multi-authored pamphlet including stories, biographies and poems about the murder of Alfredo Leaden, Pedro Dufau, Alfredo Kelly, Salvador Barbeito and Emilio Barletti, members of the Pallotine community at San Patricio parish church in Belgrano, Buenos Aires. Available online (http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/areas/jef_gabinete/derechos_humanos/pdf/publ_25anos.pdf) [website]
O'Fogartaigh, Séamus. "Éirinn go Brágh" in The Southern Cross, June 2008 (133: 5937).
O'Keeffe, Pat. 'Irish buy 22,000 acres in Argentina' in Irish Farmers Journal (7 October 2006). Available online (http://www.farmersjournal.ie/2006/1007/news/currentedition/newsfeature.shtml). Tired of obtaining few benefits from farming in highly-regulated Ireland, Walter Furlong and Jim McCarthy led a group of Irish investors in Argentine agricultural operation. [website] See also McCullough's documentary in this bibliography.
Ó Murchadha, Ciarán, Springfield People: new Material on the History of Springfield College in: 'The Other Clare' Vol. 18 (Ennis, April 1994), pp. 63-68. The story of Patrick Fitzsimons, who together with Cuthbert C. Power founded in 1843 Springfield school in Ennis, Co. Clare, later affiliated with London University. 'In June 1862, the people of Ennis were much taken aback to learn that the master of Springfield, one of the most prominent citizens of the town, had at the age of forty nine, uprooted himself, his wife and family and departed suddenly for foreign parts. Left behind him in his flight were debts owed to many creditors [...]. Fitzsimons and his family became known after some time that he had arrived in Argentina, from where it gradually filtered back that he had become involved in some way with a school in the then inaccessible province of Corrientes.' In a footnote, the author adds his doubts about Fitzsimons' doctorate from Oxford.

O'Neill, Kevin, Apuntes Históricos Pallotinos (Buenos Aires: Editora Palloti, 1995). Covers the Massacre at St. Patrick's church on 4 July 1976.

Ortigüela, Raúl, Raíces Celtas: Los Cavanagh (Venado Tuerto, 1994). Life of Edward Cavanagh, founder of the Cavanagh town in Córdoba. In the 1880’s, many Irish immigrants settled in the ‘pampa gringa’ (south of Santa Fe and Córdoba provinces). One of them, Edward Cavanagh, who arrived in 1851 from Ireland, established large estancias in the area and founded a family of famous cattle men and polo players.

Ortigüela, Raúl, Murphy en Tierras Benditas (Venado Tuerto, 1991). A chronicle of the founding and development of the small Murphy train station and town, 18 km off Venado Tuerto. Life and family of John James Murphy, from Kilrane, Co. Wexford, first settlers and evictions of Italian tenants by Murphy’s descendants.

Palleiro, María Inés (ed.), San Patricio en Buenos Aires: celebraciones y rituales en su dimensión narrativa (Buenos Aires: Dunken, 2006).
Peart, Barbara, Tia Barbarita: Memories of Barbara Peart (London: Faber & Faber, 1933), 360 pages. A good counterpoint to Kathleen Nevin's You'll Never Go Back, portraying the memoirs in the third person of a Dublin-born young woman who marries a well-off Irish estanciero of Entre Ríos, Argentina. The book was written in Mexico, where the author and her husband spent most of their lives after living in Argentina nine or ten years, and also the U.S. for a short time.
Petit de Murat, Ulises, Genio y Figura de Benito Lynch (Buenos Aires: Editorial Universitaria de Buenos Aires, 1968).
Poletti, Abel, Irlandeses: Nuestro "Alter Ego". Inmigración Irlandesa, in: 'La Voz de Zárate', December 2002 and January 2003.
Pope, Conor, A Reversal of Fortune in: The Irish Times (13 November 2002). Within the recent flood of people looking for a better future outside Argentina, 'more than 1,000 Argentinians have moved to Ireland in recent times.' The early twenty-first-century emigration from Argentina to Ireland is accounted for in this article, including emigrant testimonials and interesting information. Some key formulae of the contribution discourse, which do not help to illuminate Irish-Argentine history, are present in the article. One of them is about 'Argentina's most famous son' Ernesto Che Guevara. Besides the fact that Guevara's grand-mother Ana Lynch (1861-1918) was not born in Galway but in San Francisco, U.S., and that his Irish ancestors were six generations and two centuries afar, there is no direct connection between his writings, ideals or activities and his remote Irish ancestry. The efforts to give an Irish flavour to the Latin-American revolutionist are not new (see Quinlan and Rohan, below), and give the impression that Che Guevara did what he did because he had Irish ancestors. Other common place is the statement arguing that 'half a million Argentinians claim Irish ancestry, making them the fifth largest Irish emigrant community in the world.' The origin of this statement seems to be a déjà vu combination of unsupported guess estimates and Irish-Argentine politically-oriented rhetoric. The author supports the idea of receiving Irish-Argentine immigrants in contemporary Ireland because of their 'economic hardship, a shared history, [and] a debt of gratitude.' However, these claims are not certain compared to the overused cliché of Argentinians outshining in foot-ball matches: 'an injection of Argentinian blood through the re-introduction of the great grandparent rule could only improve the flair and quality of the Irish soccer team.' [document]
Punte, María José. "Una pasión irlandesa: John William Cooke" in The Southern Cross, June 2008 (133:5937).
Prado, Alicia, Orígenes Irlandeses en los Pagos de Areco y de la Cañada de la Cruz. This article is published in the 'Patrick Island Pub' website. [document]
Pyne, Peter, The invasions of Buenos Aires, 1806-1807: the Irish dimension (University of Liverpool: Institute of Latin American Studies, Research Paper 20, 1996).
Pyne, Peter, A Soldier under Two Flags, Lieutenant-Colonel James Florence Burke: Officer, Adventurer and Spy in 'Etudes Irlandaises' (Spring 1998), pp. 121-138.

Quinn, Ronnie, 'Catholic, Male and Working-class: The Evolution of the Hurling Club into a Wide-Ranging Irish-Argentine Institution (1920-1980)' in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 6:1 (March 2008), pp. 21-28 [document]

Quinlan, Arthur, 'Interview with Che Guevara Lynch' [document]

Raffo, Víctor, 'Irish Association Football in Argetnina' in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 6:1 (March 2008), pp. 15-20 [document]
Raffo, Víctor, El origen británico del deporte argentino: Atletismo, cricket, fútbol, polo, remo y rugby durante las presidencias de Mitre, Sarmiento y Avellaneda (Buenos Aires, 2004).
Raspo, Amado, 'El sobrino de Beresford' in La Opinión (Rafaela, Argentina), 5 January 2006. Notes on the life of Patricio Isla (Patrick Island), taken from Daniel Balmaceda's Espadas y Corazones, p. 168. [website]
Rath, Patrick M., Up Country in the Argentine in: 'The Clongownian' (Christmas, 1900) pp. 14-17. The author, son of a wealthy sheep-farmer of San Pedro, Buenos Aires, was a former student of the exclusive Clongowes Wood College of the Society of Jesus (Clane, Co. Kildare). Paddy Rath was contemporary of James Joyce in Clongowes. Both received a role in the celebrations of Easter 1891 (cf. 'Roth' in The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man). Rath addresses to 'old Tullabeggars and Clongownians' and describes the life in his estancia. Although aligned with the traditional contribution perspective, it includes many colourful descriptions of the pampas and of the work in a sheep-farm. Depictions of gauchos are on line with William Bulfin's characters: 'thus it is the generality of your gauchos - born believers in "el destino".' It is also a good companion to Tomás Garrahan memoirs 1864-1936. 
Ratto, Héctor R., Historia del Almirante Brown (Buenos Aires: Instituto de Publicaciones Navales, 1985).
Read, Jan, The New Conquistadors (London: Evans Brothers Ltd., 1980).
Ready, William B., The Irish and South America in 'Eire-Ireland' 1:1 (1966), pp. 50-63.
Richards, José E., Charlas de los Viernes (Buenos Aires: private edition, 1994). José Richards (d. 1978), lawyer and president of the Argentine Federation of Irish Associations. The book is a collection of talks on the radio about the Irish and Irish-Argentine matters, taken from the programme "Irlanda: la isla esmeralda" (1979-1994) which was aired in Radio Splendid, Radio Nacional, and finally in Radio Municipal every Friday between 4.40 and 5.05pm. John Joseph Scanlan (b.1925), headmaster of St. Brendan's boys school since 1966, was in charge of the programme's contents together with his wife Nollie Durán (thanks to Edward Walsh for this information).

Richards, José E. & Juan S. Gaynor, El Padre Fahy, homenaje de la Asociación Católica Irlandesa en el Centenario de su Fallecimiento 1871-1971 (Buenos Aires: Editorial Irlandesa, 1971).

Rizzo, Antonia. Cementerio bajo la lupa in: 'The Southern Cross' 131: 5197 (October 2006), p. 14. Analysis of Celtic crosses in the cemetery of Mercedes, Buenos Aires province. From El Cementerio de Mercedes, Provincia de Buenos Aires. Manifestaciones Funerarias de la Comunidad Irlandesa in: 'Miradas al Pasado desde Chivilcoy II'.
Robertson, J.P. and W.P., Letters on South America; comprising Travels on the Banks of the Parana and Rio de la Plata (London: John Murray, 1843). 3 vols.
Rodriguez, Horacio, King (Buenos Aires: Instituto Browniano, 1995).

Roger, María José, Los inmigrantes irlandeses y la educación (Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires, 2003. BA History Thesis. 157 pages, in Spanish, unpublished). This study focuses on the neglected area of Irish schools and education in Argentina 1850-1950, from the camp school masters to the Catholic and secular schools (with an 'Epilogue' including new Irish schools 1950-2000). Contents include Irish and Argentine historical frameworks, the immigration process to Argentina, the Irish-Argentine community, nineteenth-century education in Argentina and in Ireland, Irish-Argentine schools, and their contribution to Argentine education. It is a scholarly developed research, with well-rounded contextualisation of education in Ireland, in Argentina, and in other immigrant communities. Roger has intelligently used, among several sources, The Southern Cross collection, as well as Passionists and Christian Brothers manuscript libraries.

Rohan, Brian, Che Guevara's Irish Roots [document]

Roldán, Héctor G., Los Irlandeses en Salto, in: El Museo, Año III - N° 34 (Salto, 8 June 2002), pp. 20-23.

Copyright © Edmundo Murray, 2005

Online published: 1 April 2003
Edited: 07 May 2009
Murray, Edmundo, 'The Irish in Latin America and Iberia: A Bibliography' in "Society for Irish Latin American Studies" 2008. Available online (www.irlandeses.org), accessed .

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