Irish immigration to New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island is the subject of this new book.

Welcome to the Irish to Canada web-site – the web-site for people whose ancestors immigrated to Canada from Ireland. Read on and you might discover:

  • why your ancestors left Ireland when they did,

  • where in Ireland they came from,

  • Where in  Canada they settled

  • and possibly, which ship they sailed in.


The information on this site is provided by Dr. Lucille H. Campey - a recognised authority on immigration studies.


It is based on her latest book entitled Atlantic Canada’s Irish Immigrants: A Fish and Timber Story.  It is the first of three books on the Irish which Lucille is writing.


In this book, Lucille traces the relocation of around ninety thousand Irish people to their new homes in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland.  She shatters the widespread misconception that the exodus was primarily driven by dire events in Ireland. The Irish immigration saga is not solely about what happened during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s; it began a century earlier.

Although they faced great privations and had to overcome many obstacles, the Irish actively sought the better life that Atlantic Canada offered. Conventional wisdom has it that the Irish were helpless people, lacking in ambition, who went lemming-like to wherever they were told to go. Lucille demonstrates that the Irish grabbed their opportunities and prospered in their new home. In doing so they also contributed much to the development of Atlantic Canada.


The book has been reviewed by John Reid in his blog Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections. He described it as "a mine of information for the family historian". To read the full review clisk here.

The book is essential reading for anyone wishing to further their understanding of the Ireland to Canada immigration saga. It has a mine of information useful to family historians, including ships lists, passenger lists and maps.


Obtaining Lucille's Books

All of Lucille's books have been published by Dundurn of Toronto. They are available as either printed books or e-books. In case of problems please contact the Dundurn Group at


Write to Lucille: If you have any comments or queries please write to


Lucille's other web-sites
Lucille has also written eight books on Scottish emigration to Canada and three books on English emigration to Canada (