Irish diaspora mid 1800s

Started by: WiganWrestlingHistory (11)

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

Posted by: fossil (6854)

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

Posted by: WiganWrestlingHistory (11)

Great, thanks Fossil. Will look in to that.

Replied: 18th Mar 2021 at 18:53

Posted by: kathpressey (5347) 

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

Posted by: tonker (24051) 

A lotr of Irish travellers come from a caravan!

Replied: 21st Mar 2021 at 19:26

Posted by: fossil (6854)

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

Posted by: WiganWrestlingHistory (11)

Thanks Kath and Fossil

Replied: 31st Mar 2021 at 19:05

Posted by: daviessb (86)

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

Posted by: aussie94 (2396)

my familly were McHughs lived in Schole proudto be from the Parish.

Replied: 27th Apr 2021 at 08:45

Posted by: momac (11785) 

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

Posted by: wiganwench (13)

My Walsh relatives came from Galway and county Clare in the 1840's. They settled in Scholes/Scholefield Lane/ Upper Morris Street off Greenough Street/ Pemberton/and at least one family of Walsh's moved to St Helens.
Trying to trace Walsh's in this area was practically impossible due to the vast number with that name.

Replied: 8th Jul 2021 at 11:41

Posted by: bentlegs (4682)

We got a lot of Welsh people in Ashton in the late 1800s, When the Welsh Chaples were counted i think 12ere found in Ashton.Now they are carpet and other trades.

Replied: 4th Sep 2021 at 17:00

Posted by: Islander (13)

Wherever you go in rural Ireland there are abundant ruined cottages. A poignant sight, and it is good they gathered as they did.

Replied: 29th Sep 2021 at 00:20

Posted by: berylh (2095)

My maternal side were Corcorans from Roscommon and settled as far as I can see in Ashton in Makerfield

Replied: 29th Sep 2021 at 20:40

Posted by: aussie94 (2396)

My maternal grandma was a McHugh, we also had Cassidy and Quunlan. We lived in Scholes.

Replied: 11th Oct 2021 at 10:37


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