I was interested to hear (on the radio) of a new exhibition in the National Library of Ireland Exhibition. The exhibition is entitled “Strangers to Citizens: the Irish in Europe, 1600-1800″ and it opens 12 December 2007 and runs throughout 2008.
The Irish migrated to continental Europe as soldiers, students, priests, professionals, and merchants etc. Many thousands emigrated to Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, and Sweden and elsewhere. Over time they integrated into these Eurpean societies and often becam leaders and peopleof distinction. Apparently, this exhibition tells their story.”
I’m sure it will be of great interest to people who have relatives who migrated to Europe in the various capacities listed above: Wine Geese, Irish Regiments, religious, merchants etc. Some names that come to mind are: Hennessy, Coppinger, Shea.