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No Irish Need Apply

A History of the Irish in Boston



   "No Irish Need Apply" is a 90-minute slide lecture in which the many facets of the early Irish experience in Boston are examined.

   The lecture begins with the story of the Irish who were brought over unwillingly as indentured servants in the mid-17th Century. Then the first real migration of the Irish in 1718 - the arrival of the Scot-Irish or the "Ulster Irish" will be discussed.

   Next, we will explore the slow pre-famine trickle (1820's) of Irish Catholic immigrants coming into Boston as well as the corresponding increase in Anti-Irish/Catholic sentiment within Boston beginning with the notorious Pope's Day celebrations and then the discussion will turn to the burning of the Ursuline Convent in 1834 in Charlestown and the Broad Street Riot of 1837.

   In the third quarter of the lecture, the massive wave of immigration into Boston after the "Great Potato Famine" will be examined; with respect to the condition of the new arrivals, the neighborhoods they settled, how they banded together, the kinds of work they did to survive and their eventual assimilation into American culture.  

   Finally, there will be a discussion of the rise of the Irish within the sphere of Boston politics and the emergence of the "Ward Boss". Additionally, short vignettes will be given on famous Irish political leaders such as Patrick Collins, Hugh O'Brien, Martin Lomasney, Patrick J. Kennedy, John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, and of course, the old "Rascal King" himself James Michael Curley.

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