Irish of the Caribbean

During a trip to Ireland, in about 1990, my wife called to tell me that a newspaper travel article had said that O’Donoghue, among other Irish names, was found amongst today’s black population on the island of Montserrat. I have always been intrigued by this thought. How did Irish surnames get to black people of the West Indies? The historical events of the seventeenth century in Ireland started the process. This project endeavours to trace the history of the name and the people and places associated with it from that time to today.


Journal articles
October 2001 The black Irish of the Caribbean
April 2005 and January 2006 The Irish of the Caribbean

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