Memorial Hall Library

When the Irish Invaded Canada.

When the Irish Invaded Canada

On Monday, March 18 at 7:00pm, Andover author, Christopher Klein, will share his newest book, When the Irish Invaded Canada: It's No Blarney. It tells the outlandish, little-known story of the self-proclaimed Irish Republican Army that carried out five attacks on Canada—known collectively as the Fenian Raids—between 1866 and 1871. Just over a year after Robert E. Lee relinquished his sword, a band of Union and Confederate veterans dusted off their guns.These former foes, however, had no intention of reigniting the Civil War. Instead, these Irish immigrants fought side by side to undertake one of the most fantastical missions in military history: to seize the British province of Canada and hold it hostage until the independence of Ireland was secured. Copies will be available, courtesy of the Andover Bookstore. Sign up online