|Map of Ireland|
|Irish Immigrants facing NYC skyline|
Being a lover of history and proud of all the Irish blood that's in me, naturally I wanted to learn about my family's beginnings in this country. I uncovered some great moments in the life of one of my mother's people, John Francis Cronin.
|Grand Review at Washington|
John Cronin and his saintly wife Elizabeth Cropp Cronin lived in and around New York City and went on to have 11 children, four of whom never lived past the age of five. My grandfather Vincent Cronin was his seventh son.
|NY 69th Memorial at Gettysburg|
The Irish in America have a long and colorful history. The early immigrants fought our wars, built our bridges and railroads, and worked mines and farms and factories. Their hard work and diligence paved the way for future generations to gain acceptance and contribute in every facet of society.
|rural farmhouse print giveaway|
In the spirit of that love of the land, I am giving away a print of a rural farmhouse today to one lucky commenter. This reminds me of my own farmhouse here in upstate NY, as we wait for spring to take hold.
Kathleen L. Maher writes historical romance set in the 19th Century, and is represented by Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency. She won ACFW's 2012 Genesis contest, and has a novella coming out May 1st through Helping Hands Press titled Bachelor Buttons, about the Irish Draft riots in Manhattan during the Civil War.
And don't forget that Christian Fiction Historical Society is running a giveaway for the month of March. For every comment you leave in the month of March you are entered for a Kindle drawing as well as a $25 Amazon gift card. Winner of farmhouse print will be announced tonight at midnight. Good luck!