Welcome to the website for the Monaghan Society of New York.
The Monaghan Men's Social and
Benevolent Association, with and independent Women's Division,
was founded in 1891. Both groups, supporting each others
programs, finally united in the late 1940's. We were
reenergized with the continuous arrival of emigrants, and by the
1930's, the society would see the largest influx of new members.
An 80-piece Fife and Drum Band
that participated in the earliest parades was organized by James
Boylan (1865-1935), who also formed the Monaghan Gaelic
Football Team. By 1938, the strains from the Monaghan War Pipe Band
would become the official music as the fife faded away.
Our member, Charles Connolly
(1872-1957), was the St. Patrick's Grand Marshall in 1918 and
began, The Irish Echo, in 1928. His newspaper still remains
the voice of the Irish-American community.
We were honored in 2008 by The
Monaghan County Museum in Ireland with the photographic exhibit, I
Heard They Went to New York. It recreated how former members
passed our culture and history to a new generation in their new
land. Since the official Incorporation of The Monaghan Society was
in 1912, we will celebrate our centennial in 2012 while always
remaining proud proponents of our Irish history.
A little information about
County Monaghan is a county in
the Republic of Ireland. It is one of the three counties
situated in the province of Ulster without being in Northern
Ireland. The name comes from the Irish, derived from Muine
Cheain meaning Land of the Little Hills. This name refers to
the density of drumlins in the area. There are five towns in
County Monaghan - Monaghan, Clones, Carrickmacross, Castleblayney
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