The Tait Factory in Limerick is the site where Confederate uniforms were produced during the American Civil War. The site has now been designated for the building of a wide range of modern dwellings, and we are keen that the heritage of the site remains to the fore, with its history fully incorporated into any development. With that in mind we would encourage you to sign the online petition set up by the excellent Irish Historical Textile blog which you can do by clicking the link here. The Irish Historical Textile site also has information on how to contact Limerick City Council and the plans for the development which you can read here. The Tait site is a key part of the proposed Irish American Civil War Trail which this site was designed to promote, so we hope that it will be substantively preserved for future generations and its potential as a tourist site fully realised.
We are delighted to announce that the Irish American Civil War Trail Logo has been completed. We are grateful to artist Sara Nylund who designed and created the image. Her brief was to represent all those from the island of Ireland who were caught up in the American Civil War, be they from the Northern or Southern States. The Maid of Erin Harp was selected as the central image, as this was a popular Irish symbol of the period, appearing on the flags of a number of Union and Confederate Irish units. The harp has 32 strings, one to represent each county in Ireland. The wreath of shamrocks is another key motif of the mid-nineteenth century, and these have been represented in blue and grey to signify the Union and Confederacy. We hope you like the logo- it is hoped that as our efforts to make this trail a reality gather pace that we will see a lot more of it around the country!
The efforts to create a trail and memorial commemorating the Irish in the American Civil War was covered by a recent issue of The Irish Times, in their regular column ‘An Irishman’s Diary.’ Check out the piece here.