Irish diaspora mid 1800s
I am doing some research into Irish settlement in the mid-1800s. I have read that Scholes/Ince/Whelley areas received a significant number of Irish immigrants; which I assume is related to the famine and why there is a St Pat's church and rugby team.
Does anyone have any (ideally sourced) information or statistics on the Irish diaspora in Wigan in the mid-1800s?
Started: 8th Mar 2021 at 19:24
At the top of Belle Green Lane in Ince there was a community known as Irishtown. 3 or 4 streets with lots of families with Irish connections.
Replied: 9th Mar 2021 at 21:22
Great, thanks Fossil. Will look in to that.
Replied: 18th Mar 2021 at 18:53
Wallgate had Irish settlers too. A bit earlier than you want nut my paternal iRish lived in the Potteries in the 1871 census. I always assumed that Wallgate area was close to the station and more immigrants would settle among their own kind from Ireland. Similarly Scholes is central. My maternal Irish came from cavan in mid 80s and initially settled in Upholland before moving to Skem. Perhaps they landed at Liverpool and came inland from there
Replied: 21st Mar 2021 at 08:50
A lotr of Irish travellers come from a caravan!
Replied: 21st Mar 2021 at 19:26
WiganWrestlingHistory, I think the streets were York St,Bryham St,Francis St and Lisbon St which were known as Irishtown.
Replied: 21st Mar 2021 at 20:54
Thanks Kath and Fossil
Replied: 31st Mar 2021 at 19:05
Quite a few of my dad's side were from Irish background living in Scholes and Ince. I have Donnelly, Dillon, Dowd, Durkin and Mulvey. All the names I can trace back to Ireland early 1800's
Replied: 31st Mar 2021 at 21:57
my familly were McHughs lived in Schole proudto be from the Parish.
Replied: 27th Apr 2021 at 08:45
Wallgate is full of Irish descendants, my own Grandma came from County Clare...I only wish I'd asked her more about her life in Ireland,but growing up got in the way,I would have loved to know more..her maiden name was Kinnane,they lived at the top of Great George Street and we lived about seven houses down.
Replied: 27th Apr 2021 at 10:36