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The Irish in Latin America and Iberia
A Bibliography

By Edmundo Murray

The Caribbean

Akenson, Donald Harman, If the Irish Ran the World: Montserrat, 1630-1730 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1997).
Anderson, Eileen, "An Alternative View to the Propaganda: The Irish-American Press and the Spanish-American War" in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 163-170. [document]
Bailey, C. 'Metropole and colony: Irish networks and patronage in the eighteenth-century empire' in Immigrants and Minorities, 23:2-3 (July 2005), pp. 161-181. 'It explores the relationships between ethnicity, patronage and place by focusing on a group of Irish professionals. By piecing together connections between lawyers, merchants and medical doctors in various places including Ireland, London, Jamaica and Senegambia, this essay suggests that Irish networks were flexible enough to allow for dialogue, disagreement and change, but were also durable enough to transcend time and space' (from the abstract).
Beattie, Michael (director), The Other Emerald Isle (1986), documentary about the 'Black Irish' of Montserrat and their intermingling with the African slaves of the plantations. Many Caribbean black people with Irish surnames claim to be descended from Irish indentured labourers. Sponsor: Channel Four (UK), production company: DBA Television, editor: Mathilde Blum, photography: David Barker, presenter and co-writer: Michael D. Higgins. Aired by Channel Four on 16 March 1986.
Beckles, Hillary McD, 'Riotous and Unruly Lot': Irish Indentured Servants and Freedmen in the English West Indies, 1644-1713 in 'William and Mary Quarterly' third ser., 57 (1990), pp. 502-522.
Bjork, David K, Alexander O'Reilly and the Spanish Occupation of Louisiana, 1769-1770. in Hammond, George P. (ed.), 'New Spain and the Anglo-American West' (Los Angeles: privately printed, 1932), 1: 165-182. The governor of Spain in Louisiana Alejandro O'Reilly (1725-1794). Descendants of Alejandro O'Reilly have been in Cuba for two centuries where, as Counts of Castillo and Marquis of San Felipe y Santiago, their lineage is to be found in the archives of Havana. One of Havana's main streets is the Calle Oreilly in Habana vieja.

Boyett, I. and G. Currie. 'Middle managers moulding international strategy: An Irish start-up in Jamaican telecoms' in Long Range Planning, 37:1 (February 2004), pp. 51-66. A twenty-first century business management case of an Irish company launching a mobile telecommunications network in Jamaica.

Brehony, Margaret, 'Irish Railroad Workers in Cuba Towards a Research Agenda' in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 183-188. [document]
Brown, Christopher L., The politics of slavery in Armitage, David and Michael J. Braddick (eds.), The British Atlantic world, 1500-1800 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002), pp. 214-31.
Burton, Gera, "Liberty’s Call: Richard Robert Madden’s Voice in the Anti-Slavery Movement (1833-1842)" in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 199-206. [document]
Byrne, Thomas, 'Banished by Cromwell?: John Hooke and the Caribbean' in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 215-220. [document]
Caulfield, Carlota, 'A Taste of My Life: Texts and Poems' in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 231.234. [document]
Cavanaugh, James F. 'Irish Slaves in the Caribbean' in Clan Caomhánach. [website]
Chinea, Jorge L. 'Ireland and the Caribbean' in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 143-144. [document]
Chinea, Jorge L. 'Irish Indentured Servants, Papists and Colonists in Spanish Colonial Puerto Rico, ca. 1650-1800' in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 171-182. [document]
Cummins, C.W. 'The black Irish of Jamaica' in Assisi (1945), pp. 103-104.
Curry-Machado, Jonathan. "Running from Albion: Migration to Cuba from the British Isles in the 19th Century" in _The International Journal of Cuban Studies_, 2:1 (June 2009), pp. 1-13.
De Verteuil, Anthony, History of the Irish in Trinidad (Trinidad: Paria Publishing, 1984).
De Verteuil, Anthony, Sylvester Devenish and the Irish in Nineteenth-Century Trinidad (Trinidad: Paria Publishing, 1986).
Doan, James E., 'The Irish in the Caribbean' in ABEI Journal (São Paulo), N°8, June 2006, pp. 105-116. Using fresh references and secondary sources - some of them from Irish-American historiography - the author covers Irish settlements in selected Caribbean islands from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century.
Durey, Michael, White slaves: Irish rebel prisoners and the British army in the West Indies, 1799-1804 in 'Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research' 80:324 (2002), pp. 296-312.
Dwyer, Bernie and Roberto Ruiz Rebó (directors). The Footsteps of Cecilia McPartland, documentary film (Ireland, Cuba, 2001), 15 minutes.
English, T.S., Ireland's only colony (Montserrat, 1930).
Escoto, José Augusto, Isaac Carrillo y O'Farrill: autobiografía y poesías escogidas in 'Revista histórica, crítica y bibliográfica de la literatura cubana' (Matanzas) 1:3 (1916), pp. 302-319.
Fergus, Howard A., Montserrat. History of a Caribbean Colony (London: MacMillan, 1994).
Fernandez Moya, Rafael, 'The Irish Presence in the History and Place Names of Cuba' in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 189-198. [document]
Flatman, Richard, Jamaican memories of Irish interest in 'Irish Family History' 9 (1993), pp. 20-24. Memoirs from Irish settlers in Jamaica in the eighteenth century.
Gosine, A. 'Marginalization myths and the complexity of "men": Engaging critical conversations about Irish and Caribbean Masculinities' in Men and Masculinities, 9:3 (January 2007), pp. 337-357. 'Through reference to two programs that have attempted responses that address the alleged "crisis of masculinity" - Ireland's Exploring Masculinities program and Saint Lucia's Men's Resource Centre in Saint Lucia - the author identifies some of the implications of a limited analysis and also discusses some of the ways in which these programs provide potential opportunities for a more critical conversation about the situation of men and the production of masculinities' (from the abstract).
Gwynn, Aubrey, Documents relating to the Irish in the West Indies in 'Analecta Hibernica' 4 (1932), pp. 136-286.
Gwynn, Aubrey, The First Irish Priests in the New World in 'Studies' 21:82 (June 1932), pp. 213-228.
Hijuelos, Oscar, The fourteen sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993). A novel with an Irish photographer, a Cuban artist and their fifteen children (14 daughters followed by an unexpected boy).
Irish, James A. George and Albert Murphy, Persons of Caribbean Ancestry: A Basic Demographic Social and Economic Profile Based on 1990 Census Data (New York: CUNY Medgar Evers College, Caribbean Research Center).
James, Francis G., Irish Colonial Trade in the Eighteenth Century in 'William and Mary Quarterly' third ser., 20 (1963), pp. 574-584.
Kinnaird, Lawrence, Alejandro O'Reilly in Louisiana, in Din, Gilbert C. (ed.) 'The Spanish presence in Louisiana, 1763-1803'. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1996, 74-76.
Machado-Curry, Jonathan, Indispensable aliens: the influence of engineering migrants in mid-nineteenth century Cuba, PhD dissertation (London Metropolitan University, 2003).
Mackenzie, C.G., Thomas Carlyle's 'The Negro Question': Black Ireland and the Rhetoric of Famine in 'Neohelicon' 24:2 (1997), pp. 219-36. 
Martí, José, El cisma de los católicos en Nueva York in 'El Partido Liberal' (Mexico) and 'La Nación' (Buenos Aires) 14 April 1887, Obras Completas Vol. 11 (La Habana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, 1991).

Martyniuk, Irene, The Irish in the Caribbean: Derek Walcott's Examination of the Irish in 'Omeros' in 'South Carolina Review' 32:1 (1999), pp. 142-148.

McGarrity, Maria. Washed by the Gulf Stream: The Historic and Geographic Relation of Irish and Caribbean Literature (Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Press, 2009).
McGinn, Brian, The Irish in the West Indies in Ryan, Christopher (ed.), Aspects of Irish genealogy 3 : a selection of papers from the third Genealogical Congress (Dublin: Irish Genealogical Congress Committee, 1999), pp. 55-82.
Messenger, John C., 'Montserrat: The Most Distinctively Irish Settlement in the New World' in Ethnicity 2 (1975), pp. 281­303.
Messenger, John C., The Influence of the Irish in Montserrat in 'Caribbean Quarterly' 13:2 (1967), pp. 3-25.
Minto, Indianna, "Diasporas and Development: An Assessment of the Irish Experience for the Caribbean" Caribbean Paper no. 7 By highlighting the lessons of the Irish experience, this paper argues that while the Caribbean's diaspora has the desire to contribute and does help through remittances, there remain a number of challenges to this participation including perceptions of security and stability, establishing the conditions necessary for attracting investment and a lack of confidence in government institutions in the region. Available at: [website]
Mullally, Rob. '"One Love": The Black Irish of Jamaica' in The Wilde Geese Today (website). Part I: To hell, Connaught or Jamaica; Part II: Red shanks, bogtrotters, and pirates; Part III: The Irish, alive and well. [website]
Mulligan, William H., 'Review of Brendan O'Donoghue's In Search of Fame and Fortune: The Leahy Family of Engineers,1780-1888' in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 6:1 (March 2007), pp. 89-91. [document]
Murray, D.R., Richard Robert Madden: His Career as a Slavery Abolitionist in 'Studies, an Irish quarterly review' 61 (1972), pp. 41-53.
Nelson, E.C., 'Patrick Browne M.D. (c.1720-1790), an Irish doctor in the Caribbean: his Residence on Saint Croix (1757-1765) and his unpublished accounts of volcanic activity on Montserrat' in Archives of Natural History 28:1 (2001), pp. 135-148. In the 1750s-60s, Patrick Browne of Woodstock, County Mayo, lived on Saint Croix and Montserrat, where he gathered botanical species and left scientific notes, including observations on the volcano's activity.
Nelson, E. Charles, From Mayo to the Caribbean in 'Irish Garden' 4:4 (1995), pp. 28-30. Another biographical article about the life of botanist Patrick Browne.
Nelson, E. Charles. 'Patrick Browne’s "The Civil and Natural History of Jamaica" (1756, 1789)' in Archives of Natural History, 24 (October 1997), pp. 327–336.
Nelson, E. Charles. 'Patrick Browne (ca. 1720-1790), Irish physician, historian and Caribbean botanist: A brief biography with an account of his lost medical dissertations' in Huntia, 11:1 (2000), pp. 5-16.
Novillo-Corvalán, Patricia. 'Literary Migrations: Homer’s Journey through Joyce’s Ireland and Walcott’s Saint Lucia' in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 157-162. [document]
O'Callaghan, Sean, To Hell or Barbados (Cooleen, Dingle, Co. Kerry: 2001).
O'Connell, Philip. 'The line of Colonel John O'Reilly' in Breifne: Journal of Cumann Seanchais Bhréifne, 2:5 (1962), pp. 84-104.
O'Grady, Joseph P, Ireland, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Civil Aviation: a Study in Applied Neutrality' in 'Éire-Ireland' 30:3 (1995), pp. 67-89.
O'Kelly, The Mambi-Land, or Adventures of a Herald Correspondent in Cuba (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1874). Translated into Spanish as La tierra del Mambí (Havana: Editorial Cultural, 1930), introduced by Fernando Ortiz.
O'Ryan, William D. 'General W.A.C. Ryan, the Cuban martyr' in The Irish Sword, 8 (1967), pp. 115-119.
Power, Orla, 'Beyond Kinship: A Study of the Eighteenth-century Irish Community at Saint Croix, Danish West Indies' in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 207-214. [document]
Prince of Montglâne, Eight Prominent Irish Families in Cuba in 'Dun Laoghaire Genealogical Society Journal', 8 (1999), 11-20. Includes Coppinger, Duany, O'Farrill, O'Gaban, Kindelan, Madan, O'Naghten, and O'Reilly families, with information taken from Francisco Xavier de Santa Cruz's Historia de Familias Cubanas (1940).
Quintana Garcia, Jose Antonio, 'John Dynamite: Marine Mambí' in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 221-224. [document]
Rodgers, Nini. 'The Irish in the Caribbean 1641-1837: An Overview' in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 145-156. [document]
Rodgers, Nini. Ireland, Slavery and Anti-Slavery, 1612-1865 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 403 pages, ISBN 0333770994. Review by Gera Burton, and Author's Reply, in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 241-248. [document]
Rothman, Adam. "Lafcadio Hearn in New Orleans and the Caribbean" in Atlantic Studies, 5:2 (August 2008, pp. 265-283. Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was born in Greece, the son Charles Hearn of County Offaly and Rosa Antonia Kassimati of Athens. He was the author of Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things and other books about Japan. Hearn arrived in New Orleans in 1877 and spent the next thirteen years of his life in Louisiana and the Caribbean. Among his works of this period are Chita (1889), Two Years in the French West Indies (1890), and Youma (1890).
Ruiz Rebo, Roberto. Che, Legado Irlandés (2000). Documentary produced by Televisión Cubana in cooperation with Bernie Dwyer, Addys Cupull and Froilán González, based on the Che Guevara's Irish connections. Bernie Dwyer and Ruiz Rebo have made three other documentary films together, Che in Ireland (Che Guevara's visit to Dublin in 1964), 2001; The Footprints of Cecilia McPartland (Irish mother of Cuban revolutionary Julio Antonio Mella), 2002; and Mission Against Terror (case of the so-called Cuban Five), 2004. Their documentaries have been screened throughout Europe and at the Havana Film Festival and have won several filmmaking prizes in Cuba.
Ryan, Ramor. _Clandestines: the pirate journals of an Irish Exile_ (London: AK Press, 2006), 160 pages, ISBN 978-1904859550.
Senior, Carl, Limerick 'slaves' for Jamaica in 'Old Limerick Journal' 19 (1986), pp. 33-40. Transportation from Limerick to Jamaica in the 1840s.
Serrano Alvarez, José Manuel and Allan J. Kuethe. 'La familia O`farrill y la élite habanera' in Ruiz Rivera, Julián Bautista,  Luis Navarro García and Manuela Cristina García Bernal (eds.), Elites urbanas en Hispanoamérica (de la conquista a la independencia) (Seville: Universidad de Sevilla, 2005), pp. 203-212.
Singleton, Theresa A. 'Slavery and Spatial Dialectics on Cuban Coffee Plantations' in World Archaeology, 33:1, The Archaeology of Slavery (June 2001), pp. 98-114. Interesting findings in the sugar plantation El Cafetal del Padre of the O'Farrill family.
Skinner, Jonathan, Before the Volcano: Reverberations of Identity in Montserrat (Kingston, Jamaica: Arawak, 2004). Chapters six and seven include an anthropologist's view of the identity problems of the Black Irish, and thoughts on the celebration of St. Patrick's Day in Montserrat. Review by Cielo G. Festino, and Author's Reply, in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America, 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 235-240. [document]
Silén, Juan Angel.  Nosotros Solos, Sinn Fein - We Ourselves: Pedro Albizu Campos y el Nacionalismo Irlandés (San Juan: Editorial Librería Norberto González, 1996).
Taylor, Herb, A Search for Butlers in the West Indies in 'Journal of the Butler Society' 2:4 (1985), pp. 377-386.
Tewfik, Lamia, ‘"I arise and go with William Butler Yeats…": Cultural Dovetailing in Lorna Goodison’s "Country Sligoville"' in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5:3 (November 2007), pp. 225-230. [document]
Thomas, Hugh, Cuba: Or, The Pursuit of Freedom (London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1971), includes biographies of some of the Cuban families with Irish origins. Among them, Richard O'Farrill, born in Montserrat, slave captain and South Sea Co. agent in Havana in 1713, married in 1720 to María Josefa de Arriola. O'Farrill was granted Spanish citizen in 1722 and was the head of a powerful group. By the mid-nineteenth century, the O'Farrills owned six sugar mills worth £400,000, 1,458 slaves and 620 pairs of oxen, with an annual net profit of £65,000. Other families and individuals mentioned are Leopoldo O'Donnell, Alejandro O'Reilly, Thomas Duggan, Richard Madden, J.J. O'Kelly, and John L. O'Sullivan.
Thompson, Livingstone, Economic success and religious affiliation in 'Jamaica Gleaner' (Kingston), 3 September 2006. [website]
Truxes, T.M. 'Transnational trade in the wartime North Atlantic: The voyage of the snow Recovery' in Business History Review, 79:4 (December 2005), pp. 751-780. 'The voyage of a small ocean-going trading vessel, of a type known as a snow, provides a window into the world of war-time commerce in the late colonial period. In March 1760, the snow Recovery, which was owned by a consortium of North American and Irish businessmen, traveled from New York City to Belfast, Ireland, and from there to the tiny Dutch island of Curaçao' (from the abstract).
Uris, J. The Black Irish (1976), a documentary film aired by RTÉ on 29 September 1976. Duration: 34.37. 'The Island of Montserrat in the West Indies was colonized by the Irish in the early 17th century. The film tells the story of this colonization and shows how the natives have inherited many of the distinctive features of their Irish forefathers. There are Fogartys, Sweeneys, Dalys, and many other Irish names, living in places called Galway, Kinsale, Cork and Dublin."Boxer"' (from Radharc website, cited 30 July 2007).

Wells, J.C., The Brogue that Isn't in 'Journal of the International Phonetic Association' (Victoria, BC, Canada), 10 (1980), pp. 74-79. The author concludes that 'in terms of linguistic influence, then, the Irish contribution to Montserrat has been vanishingly small. [...] Of the vaunted "soft Irish brogue" the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean retains barely the tiniest trace.' [website]

Williams, J.J., Whence the 'black Irish' of Jamaica? (New York, 1932).
Yates, Geoffrey S., The Irish Legion in Jamaica in 'Jamaican Historical Society Bulletin' 10, pp. 122-123.

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