A collection of books of interest to Irish people and Argentinians. Irish in Argentina books are not that common so it’s good to see a couple of new ones appearing in the last few years. These books are mostly about famous Irish Argentines and immigration.
The Story Of The Irish In Argentina by Thomas Murray
We recently read the story of the Irish in Argentina by Thomas Murray. It’s almost 100 years old but the writing is exceptional and for one thing, the writer was closer in time to the original immigration dates for the majority of Irish Immigrants to Argentina. It’s quite an in-depth read with over 500 pages. But there’s no fluff here. Murray is someone who cares about his subject and he has certainly done his research. Well worth a read.
There are some great passages in the text which might either make you laugh or look to the skies, such as “The Irish settlers for the first couple of generations or more had some queer ideas as to the bringing up of their children. One of the things they were usually most anxious to do effectually in that direction was to prevent their children from learning the language and ways of the country in which these children had to live. Their intentions were good, but the result decidedly to the disadvantage of the children and, consequently, to the Irish-Argentine colony.”
Father Fahey‘s life is discussed affectionately and at length. There are also detailed descriptions of the camps that Irish lived in. Overall this book gives an insight into the Irish in Argentina which will be hard to beat. Recommended.
Paisanos by Tim Fanning
Paisanos: The Forgotten Irish Who Changed the Face of Latin America, published in September 2016, is a book by Dublin journalist and author Tim Fanning about how the Irish transformed Latin America. Fanning discusses revolutionaries like Bernardo O’Higgins and James Rooke and looks at the life of Irish/Argentinian women like Eliza Lynch and Camila O’Gorman.
Did you know that the viceroy of Peru was a man called Ambrose O’Higgins? Learn about his story and many others in this fascinating look at Irish culture and Irish personalities that influenced politics and society in Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, and more.
Irish ‘Ingleses’: The Irish Immigrant Experience in Argentina, 1840-1920 by Helen Kelly
A difficult one to get and it’s not cheap in hardcover but the 2nd hand paperback version can be picked up for around 10. Well worth a read, the book describes how the Irish integrated into a very English-centric immigrant community in Argentina.