Monday, 16 February 2015

There and Back Again: Searching for Peterborough's Irish Roots

On Feb. 17 at Peterborough's Aylmer St. library guest speakers will explore how the Irish came to Peterborough and their impact and legacy.

2,500 families known as The Peter Robinson settlers came to what became Peterborough between 1823 and 1825.

Alan Brunger, a Trent University professor and an expert on the Peter Robinson settlement, will speak about the various immigrations from Ireland to Peterborough County.

Selwyn Mayor Mary Smith and professional researcher Dennis Carter-Edwards have prepared a special presentation regarding their 2013 trip to Ireland.

Colleen Allen will speak about Irish resources at the Peterborough Public Library and Examiner columnist Elwood Jones, professor emeritus of history at Trent, will explain how to research Irish ancestry at Trent Valley Archives.

Meghan Murphy, a popular local media personality, will share her story of a found diary, her journey to Ireland and tracing the Peterborough Robinson settlers, especially her Galvin and Murphy ancestors.


Nassau Mills, a local music trio, will entertain with a program of Irish music from the early days of Peterborough County.

The event is free and open to the public, with donations accepted, starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information please contact Heather Aiton Landry at Trent Valley Archives, 705-745-4404 or

This is based on an article in the Peterborough Examiner.

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