When the Irish Invaded Canada

When the Irish Invaded Canada


The Irish American Heritage Museum will host the program When the Irish Invaded Canada, featuring Christopher Klein, on May 13 at 7:00 PM. $3 admission. 

The self-proclaimed Irish Republican Army invaded Canada not just once, but five times between 1866 and 1871 in what are known collectively as the Fenian Raids. Several of those attacks were launched from upstate New York and included many men from the local area. The book tells the incredible true story of the Irish-American Civil War veterans who undertook one of the most fantastical missions in military history, and it's the first popular history of the Fenian Raids told from the point of view of the Fenians themselves. The Irish rebels achieved the first Irish military victory over the British since 1745, made the United States a key player in Anglo-Irish affairs, and forged a transatlantic framework that proved pivotal in providing the financial and military support that decades later led to Ireland's eventual liberation from British rule.

Christopher Klein is the author of three books, including Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America's First Sports Hero. A frequent contributor to History.com, Christopher has also written for The Boston Globe, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Harvard Magazine, Smithsonian.com, and AmericanHeritage.com. He lives in Andover, Massachusetts.

"Christopher Klein's new book is a must-read for all with even a passing interest in Irish America, Ireland, and the Civil War. His fast-flowing, often lyrical, often gritty narrative commands the reader's attention from the opening paragraphs. His portrait of this turbulent and crucial era in America's and Ireland's annals is captivating." Boston Irish Reporter

"From today's perspective the invasions of Canada by Irish-Americans in 1866 and 1870 to strike a blow for Irish independence by attacking an outpost of the British Empire seems to have the qualities of a comic opera. But these 'Fenians' were deadly serious, and though they failed to achieve their goal in 1870 their example helped inspire the movement that led to eventual success a half century later. Christopher Klein's fresh telling of this story is an important landmark in both Irish and American history." James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom and The War That Forged a Nation

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May 13 | 7:00 PM
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