Connecting the Past to the Present


The Wexford-Savannah Axis has as its foundation a careful and scholarly approach to understanding the relationship between Wexford and Savannah. The primary purpose of this project is to share this information to a broader public in ways that are accessible to as many constituencies as is possible in both in Wexford and Savannah and their broader regions. This outreach will not only educate people in both locations about their shared heritage—it will also facilitate greater economic relations including trade and tourism.


Engaging Students


The Wexford-Savannah Axis seeks to insure that this rich heritage is sustained by engaging college students in the discovery and communication of the research findings. Starting in 2014, Georgia Southern University's Honors Program and Center for Irish Research and Teaching have sponsored students to participate in summer research programs to investigate the Wexford-Savannah connections. They have made noteworthy discoveries and presented to hundreds of people in Savannah and in Wexford.  The work of the project and our students depends upon a strong network of partners in both locations.  

Meet our students here.




Wexford-Savannah Partners

Founding Partners

The founding partners in the Wexford-Savannah Axis research consortium are Georgia Southern University, the largest university in the State of Georgia south of Atlanta, the Savannah based Georgia Historical Society (1839), the premier independent historical organization in Georgia; Waterford Institute of Technology, the foremost university in southeastern Ireland; and the John F. Kennedy Trust, a heritage foundation that operates the Dunbrody Emigrant Experience Center in the historic Co. Wexford port of New Ross. The project also enjoys outstanding support from individuals, organizations, and county and municipal entities across Wexford and Savannah.



Additional Partners


In the News

In the News

Wexford-Savannah in the News


Celebrating our American links
Eniscorthy Guardian

GSU student discovers Savannah’s Irish heritage in Ireland archive

Georgia Southern student helps uncover Savannah’s Irish-American heritage
Savannah Morning News

Here's where Irish people live in Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Green means go
Savannah Morning News

Bond between Ireland and Georgia is stronger than ever
Savannah Morning News


Savannah Leaders Enjoy Wexford
Wexford Echo

City's Irish connection transcends parade: Business communities of Savannah, County Wexford strengthen formidable bond
Business in Savannah

Savannah visitors talk tourism at a meeting in the National Opera House in Wexford
Gorey Guardian

Irish delegation visiting Savannah receives key to the city

Georgia Southern Students Research Georgia-Ireland Connection
Georgia History Today (pp. 9-12)

Irish minister to strengthen ties: Economic cooperation possible between local businesses, Emerald Isle
Business in Savannah

Kehoe heads Wexford delegation in Savannah, Georgia
Wexford People

Delegation Further Cement Savannah-Wexford Link
Southeast Radio

JFK chairman grows Savannah links on US trip
New Ross Standard

Navigating the Biggest St. Patrick's Day in the South
Garden and Gun



Georgia Historical Society partners with the Center for Irish Research and Teaching
Savannah Morning News

Celtic Celebration Concert Sunday to Benefit GSU Irish Studies
Savannah Morning News



Tracing the links between southeast Ireland and a southeastern US city: America Letter: Irish connections with Savannah long predate the Famine
The Irish Times

Georgia Southern launches research partnership with Irish university: Why did so many Wexford people choose Georgia as their new home in the 1800s?

Georgia Southern Launches Research Partnership with Irish University
Savannah Morning News