Dictionary of Irish Latin American Biography

Murray, Thomas Cornelius (1871-1959), historian, was born in Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath, probably the son of Patrick Murray and Anne Molloy.

In 1897 Thomas Murray emigrated with his family to the United States and in the first years of the twentieth century he went to Argentina. Murray left Buenos Aires in 1913 with the objective to publish in New York the history of the Irish in Argentina as well as some of his poems. In New York, Thomas Murray published The Story of the Irish in Argentina (New York: P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1919), and returned in 1924 to Argentina to promote his work. The book was received unsympathetically by the Irish-Argentine media and community. "Although there are some assertions when the author advances his own personal opinions, with which we are not in agreement, we find this book intensely interesting" (The Southern Cross). His work remains the only published history (in English) about the Irish emigration to Argentina.

Edmundo Murray


- Archives: Kilbeggan Roman Catholic parish church, Ellis Island Database, CEMLA Database
- The Southern Cross, 20 January 1920
- The Standard

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Online published: 1 February 2004
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