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Mar Gheall Orainn

The Gathering: Oral histories of the Irish in Montana mission is to fostering a lasting heritage by honoring our past as we build our future.

Gathering Overview Film


There are many ties that bind Ireland and Montana, from the Irish emigrant trail of the 1800s, to the Irish mining and ranching communities across the state, to the Irish Studies Program at the University of Montana.

The Gathering: Collected Oral Histories of the Irish in Montana is a long-term interdisciplinary oral history project which seeks to record and to archive the Montana Irish and Irish-American folk histories, memories, practices, and traditions. The project began in 2009, under the leadership of Dr. Bernadette Sweeney and it has flourished ever since. With nearly 200 interviews archived, the Gathering continues to reach the Irish, in Montana, Ireland, and beyond. Are you interested in having your history recorded and archived? Please click "Contact" on the left to submit your information.

This project is funded by the Irish Government's Department of Foreign Affairs Emigrant Support us program, through the Consul General of Ireland in San Francisco, and the University of Montana. Other partners include the Friends of Irish Studies in the West, Humanities Montana, The Butte-Silver Bow Archive and the Montana Historical Society and The Steward/Butte Storytellers Project.


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