The Irish community in New York is one of the most important ethnic groups and has been significant since the waves of immigration in the late 19th Century. Celebrating Irish history and St. Patrick’s Day in NYC is definitely a must-do.
Annie Moore, from County Cork Ireland was the first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island on January 1, 1892. Following in her footsteps were two million Irish men, women, and children who fled the Irish potato blight. They worked relentlessly to build our skyscrapers, patrol our streets and eventually, run City Hall.
Explore Irish History throughout the city with a walk in the former “Little Ireland” district of the Lower East Side between City Hall and Houston Street. Learn about the important role of Irish immigrants in the history of New York City and why St. Patrick’s Day is more popular here than in Ireland.
Trace your family history from Ellis Island and visit the Old St. Patrick’s and newly restored St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Other great stops could include: the founding site of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, four-time Governor of New York Al Smith’s home, the Five Points, the first Catholic church in the city, sites associated with Tammany Hall, Irish and American lawyer and politician and New York State Attorney General Thomas Addis Emmet, and many others.
The New York City St. Patrick’s Parade is the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world. The first parade was held on March 17, 1762 — fourteen years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
The parade is held annually on March 17th at precisely 11:00 AM in honor of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland and of the Archdiocese of New York. The parade route goes up Fifth Avenue beginning at East 44th Street and ending at East 79th Street. Approximately 150,000 people march in the parade, which draws approximately 2 million spectators.
Once you’ve discovered the Irish history of New York City, be sure to explore the heritage and history of the Irish culture in some other wonderful cities as well.
Considered one of America’s most Irish cities, the Irish were the first European people to substantially challenge English cultural dominance in colonial America. They successfully demonstrated that ethnicity could have long-lasting , positive, social and demographic consequences. Explore their history and include one of the most famous families from Boston, the Kennedy’s.
A significant Irish community lived in Philadelphia since before the American revolution and participated in pro-Revolutionary activities in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War. Even William Penn had ties to Ireland where he converted to Quakerism as a result of a sermon preached in Cork.
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