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    Nice article here by Shay Dunphy on the Irish experience in Newfoundland.

    ‘Waterford Parted from the Sea’ – The Irish in Newfoundland | The Irish Story

    I think there's Radharc film from the 70s, which shows how 'Irish' - in accent, customs and music, the people there still were. (Are they still?) Apparently it started off as seasonal migration by fishermen from the south-east, principally County Waterford in the late 18th century and became permanent settlement some time in the mid 19th. One of the few Irish communities in North America to remain predominantly rural on he other side of the Atlantic.

    One of the interesting things for me was that they in turn migrated fro work to US cities and were influenced, in music and other ways by Irish-American culture. Human societies being endlessly innovative I suppose.

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    Many of them still speak with a Waterford accent
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    Couple of discussions on this here before John.

    I have seen the Radharc documentary. One of the Newfies they interviewed sounded like he was straight out of Wexford Town (Edit: I see BoyM5 says there were Waterford accents but I say Wexford, there was a well known connection with the South East either way and there may have been both accents on display in the doc). Unbelievable.

    Newfoundland had more than one Irish language newspaper in the 19th century and possibly later.
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    I'm in Canada quite a bit as ivefamily there and the Irish accent thing of the Newfoundlanders always amazes me.

    Mind you there's a remote village in the afghan mountains which speak Greek to
    this day as some of Alexander the greats army settled there.
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    The Newfoundland thing has always fascinated me. But it is research for when I retire, and can go there too.

    The Monserrat thing is similar. Except they were slaves robbed from Baltimore in Cork, but I think the Newfoundland Irish were a different and even more fascinating demographic, I think.
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    Mind you there's a remote village in the afghan mountains which speak Greek to
    this day as some of Alexander the greats army settled there.
    Really? I've heard there are light skinned people there alright, but speaking Greek? Phenomenal if true.

    The Montserrat thing is similar. Except they were slaves robbed from Baltimore in Cork, but I think the Newfoundland Irish were famine escapees. I think.
    The Montserrat Irish I believe were originally deported there by the Cromwellians.

    The Newfoundlanders were there as fishermen well before the famine.

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    I saw a documentary about the subject and it was uncanny to hear the people in Newfoundland with the accents mentioned. A great show well worth looking up.
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    My uncle emigrated to Edmonton in Canada in the early 70's. Ended up working up north in Fort McMurray. First guy he met on the job was a Canadian who, on hearing his accent, asked him what part of Newfoundland he was from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnD66 View Post
    Really? I've heard there are light skinned people there alright, but speaking Greek? Phenomenal if true.



    The Montserrat Irish I believe were originally deported there by the Cromwellians.

    The Newfoundlanders were there as fishermen well before the famine.
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    Excellent show if you get the chance to view it. He followed Alexander's journey through the modern
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    OK OK, have been rumbled by the Baltimore slave trade to Monserrat.

    But there was some slave trading from Baltimore I remember reading it somewhere.

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