Tipperary Hill: A hub between Albany and Buffalo during construction of the Erie Canal, Syracuse became a popular place for Irish immigrants. Tipperary Hill is still home to many of their descendants. A signature of the neighborhood is the inverted traffic signal with the Irish green above the British red! Our kinda place!
Glucksman Ireland House: Located in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village, Glucksman Ireland House is the center for Irish Studies at NYU. It hosts weekly public events during the academic year as well as monthly traditional Irish music. There are evening Irish language classes for non-credit adult learners.
Jim Thorpe: The PA town is home to a visitors center with information on the 20 Irish men who were hanged for their involvement in Molly Maguires, a secretive union that tried to fight for the rights of the oppressed Irish who labored in the coal mines.
The things they carried: Ellis Island officially opened on January 1, 1892 and the first passenger registered was a young Irish girl Annie Moore. Today it is home to a thought-provoking history of immigration including this exhibit of restored luggage.
The Alamo: The pivotal point of the Texas revolution took place at The Alamo in 1836 when a relatively small number of Texan soldiers then occupied the compound. General Sam Houston believed the Texans could not hold the fort and ordered Colonel James Bowie to destroy it. Bowie and fellow Irish American frontiersman Davy Crockett chose to disregard those orders and instead worked with Colonel James C. Neill to fortify the mission.
Bunker Hill: First and second-generation Irishmen played a crucial role at the battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. Commanded by Irish-American John Stark who later became a colonel in Washington's army, the group smashed a column of light infantry sent by the British to quell the rebellion, forcing the small British unit into a bloody frontal assault. The battle demonstrated that the inexperienced Colonial forces were able to stand up to government troops.
O'Toole's Bar, Loughinisland, County Down. The scene of a massacre on a Saturday night in June as locals gathered to watch Ireland play Italy in the World Cup. The photograph is held at the John J. Burns Library at Boston College.
The Donner Pass: Now crossed by the safer Lincoln Highway, the Donner Pass is the route taken by the ill-fated Donner Party across the Sierra Nevada. The Breen and Reed families from Ireland were among the few who would survive the ordeal in which the stranded travelers resorted to cannibalism to survive.
O'Neill, Nebraska: Dubbed the "Irish capital of Nebraska," O'Neill is named after an immigrant from Monaghan, called O'Neill obviously! who settled the area. John O'Neill came to town in the hope of luring immigrants from Philadelphia to start farming communities there. And, as the picture shows, it is also home to the world's biggest shamrock...allegedly!
Robert Emmet Statue, Golden Gate Park: The Robert Emmet Statue was originally supposed to go in the town square in Emmetsburg, Iowa, but was abandoned when materials became scarce because of World War I. California Senator James Duval Phelan then bought it and shipped it to San Francisco where it was unveiled by Eamon De Valera on July 20, 1919.
The Corby Monument, Gettysburg, PA: The 100th anniversary of the dedication of the statue of Fr William Corby will be celebrated on Oct. 29, 2010. Fr Corby gave the men of the Irish Brigade absolution on Jul. 2, 1863 just before the men went into battle. Fr Corby died on Dec. 28, 1897 and is buried in the cemetery of Notre Dame University.
The J.F.K. Library, Boston: The J.F>K. Presidential Library and Museum is located on a 10-acre park in Boston, M.A. The museum includes three theaters and 25 multi-media exhibits that chronicle the lives of John and Robert F. Kennedy and trace the Irish history of the Kennedy family. Thousands waited on line at the library this past August when the visitation was held for the last remaining Kennedy brother, the late Senator Edward Kennedy.
Butte, Montana: Cavan man Marcus Daly, the Irish 'Copper King" turned the sleepy town of Butte into a copper mining center and employed thousands of Irish immigrants at above-average wages. When the mining boom ended, many Irish decided to stay and contribute to its distinctive Irish flavor!
Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA: The Margaret Mitchell House offers guided tours of the apartment where Mitchell wrote "Gone With The Wind," as well as exhibits celebrating the life and work of this celebrated American author. The house also includes a Literary Center where visitors can attend lectures and workshops.
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