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Friday 25 July 2014

Why did so many Wexford people emigrate to Savannah?

David Looby

Published 01/04/2014|05:34

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A MAJOR new research initiative examining how and why so many people from Wexford emigrated to Savannah, Georgia, in the 19th century was launched last week.

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A MAJOR new research initiative examining how and why so many people from Wexford emigrated to Savannah, Georgia, in the 19th century was launched last week.

It is expected that the initiative will lead to a significant increase in tourists to County Wexford from American tourists.

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Leo Varadkar launched the initiative which will study the impact that migration had on the lives of generations of Irish and Americans on either side of the Atlantic at Georgia Southern University.

Called the Wexford-Savannah Axis, the project is a collaborative research project between Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT); Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia; the John F Kennedy Trust, based in New Ross and the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah, Georgia.

At the launch Minister Varadkar congratulated the team on the innovative nature of the partnership.

He said, 'I am very excited by this project. There is huge potential to develop links between the south east of Ireland and Georgia and in particular to increase tourist traffic between these two parts of the world. We are always pleased to welcome American visitors to Ireland and in this case it will be wonderful to welcome so many people from Savannah home.'

Many people in the Savannah area in Georgia claim Irish ancestry and many of those within the Irish-American community in Savannah can trace their ancestry to the South East of Ireland, particularly to County Wexford.

The Graves Company in New Ross operated a shipping route to Savannah in the 19th century and brought many emigrants, on ships like the Dunbrody, across the Atlantic.

How and why these people travelled to Savannah in particular; why they settled there and did not move on; how they formed their community; and how they prospered are just some of the questions that researchers in WIT and in Georgia will seek to answer.

Gorey Guardian

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