Aidan O'Hara

Writer | Broadcaster | Historian

Donegal-born award-winning broadcaster and writer, Aidan O'Hara, has worked as a presenter and producer with RTÉ (Raidió Telefís Éireann – Irish National Broadcasting) and CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).

He is a graduate of St Mary's College (now Marino Institute of Education), and pursued post-graduate studies at the University of Ottawa and Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada.

​Aidan has taught Communications and Media Studies in Dublin, Ireland: Communications Centre, Booterstown, the Tallaght Institute of Technology, and Dublin City University.

Through his company, Ashton Media Services, he taught Communication skills to school leavers, business executives, politicians, medical professionals and church leaders.

Today, Aidan is engaged in writing full-time and gives presentations to history and community groups throughout Ireland and abroad.

He stays in touch with broadcasting through contributions to Ireland's national broadcaster RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann).

Learn more about Aidan O'Hara on the About page. Visit the Projects page for more on his past and present work.

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A Damn Yankee, Am I? Thanks!
Portraits of the Irish in the era of the civil war

The soon to be published book by acclaimed author Aidan O'Hara

A Damn Yankee, Am I? Thanks! is currently being edited and once type-set the book will be published in 2022. Please email Aidan with any questions regarding the publishing of this important historical work.

The era of the Civil War is assessed as being from the start of abolitionism in the 1830s, through the war itself and its aftermath. The book deals with the Ireland the emigrants left at this time, their arrival in America and how they fared, and their involvement in the civil war and afterwards.

Irish immigrants to the United States in the nineteenth century met with prolonged prejudice from native-born Americans because they were foreign, numerous, poor, and mostly Roman Catholic. By taking part in the Civil War, they hoped it would help diminish the negative stereotyping they had been experiencing.

The aim in writing this book is to share with readers the fruits of my research into what happened Irish people who were caught up in the rapidly changing political and social life in America during of the turbulent era of the American Civil War. Irish Catholics in particular had to struggle hard “to force open the doors of American life so zealously guarded by those who had first settled the land” and although it took a long time to do so, they eventually succeeded.

Learn more about this work here.