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The Irish in Latin America and Iberia
A Bibliography

By Edmundo Murray

Central America

Boyd Cannon, Sarita, Boyds in Panama in 'Clan Boyd Society International' (website http://www.clanboyd.info/outsideusa/panama/) cited 28 July 2005. [website]

De Micheli-Serra, A. 'Cirujanos y médicos frente a la Inquisición Novohispana' in Gaceta Médica de Mexico, 139:1 (January 2003), pp. 77-82. During the sixteenth century, the first physician judged by the Inquisition was the Irish Protestant William Corniels, a barber surgeon who arrived with the John Hawkins' pirate fleet in 1568 and settled in Guatemala.

Kiely, Richard, A letter from America in 'Old Kilkenny Review: Journal of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society' 51 (1999), pp. 75-79. Letter written in 1929 by Richard Kiely, b. 1873 in Rathculbin, from the Panama canal.
Kirby, Peadar, Ireland and Latin America, Links and Lessons (Dublin: Trócaire, 1992). Ireland aid in El Salvador and other Central American countries.
● O'Connor, Joseph, Desperadoes (London: Flamingo, 2004). Tells the story of a separated Irish couple, Eleanor and Frank Little, who are searching for Johnny, their rock-singer son, who is missing-believed-dead in Nicaragua. They team up with Nicaragua's only rock band and share their wild experiences, in an attempt to find Johnny.
Sánchez Pinzón, Milagros, Boquete: Rasgos de su Historia (Panama City: Culturama, 2001). Includes the story of brothers John and James O'Donnell Kelly, who arrived from Boston in 1914 and settled in this area of Chiriquí, Panamá.

McCullough, David, The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977). Thousands of Chinese, Irish and other workers were hired to work in the Panama Canal and the Railway. Twelve thousand died in the construction of the railroad. "The common story [...] is that there was a dead man for every railroad tie between Colon and Panama City. In some versions it was a dead Irishman, in others, a dead Chinese. [...] When they appeared at the construction site near Matachin, the Irish crews stared in ill-humored surprise and then burst out in angry cursing. Long classified as stable and outhouse cleaners in Great Britain and the U. S., the Irish had risen to the heady rank of white Anglo-Saxons on arrival in Panama and wanted everyone to know it. No other nationality displayed so much animosity toward people of darker skin and foreign ways as the Irish." See also The Panama Railroad (website http://www.trainweb.org/panama/) cited 28 July 2005. [website]


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 "Irish Migration Studies in Latin America" 2006. Available online (www.irlandeses.org), accessed .


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