Thursday, March 15, 2007


The shamrocks have gone up on the Brooklyn Borough Hall.

A banner bound for the Queens St. Patrick's Day Parade, from ground zero of the Irish American community in New York - Rocky Sullivan's at 29th and Lex.

The banner made it to Queens:

The youth take Irish Politics to the streets of Queens.

Where you go for your Irish cultural fix - the Irish Arts Center on the west side.

The Irish Famine Memorial in Battery Park City

This is the church that was built by the Famine Irish on the lower east side and is now to be torn down by the rich Catholic Diocese of New York.

Where the Irish literary giants stayed in New York.

Brendan Behan, writer and IRA man. Like the New York Fire Department, he was also banned from marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade because of his drinking exploits.

This street is named after Kenmare Co. Kerry, where a former New York Mayor was born.

This bus depot is named after Micheal Quill, a Kerry man, IRA man and founder of the TWU, the Transit Worker Union. He died after being released from prison for authorizing the 1966 transit strike.

This wall mural is in Harlem on 124th street between 2nd and 3d Ave. It is a tribute to the 10 Irish Republican men who died on hunger strike in 1981.

This street corner is named after Damian Meehan who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11,2001. I was at his wake in the Bronx. His mother and father come from Co. Donegal. They rasied a big family in upper Manhattan, and had sons on the FDNY and NYPD. On 9-11 they stayed on the pile until they found their brother. I was a friend of the father Mike, who has since passed away.

Now, with Sirius Satellite radio, I can listen RTE ,Ireland's national radio, to keep in touch.


Blogger John said...

You have become more Irish than the Irish themselves! Happy PADDYS DAY to you all.
That book Brendan Behans New york is a great read.
Hope you enjoyed the day.
I had a personal best. So busy..MAD

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the review. i learned a lot even for a Dub!

11:59 PM  

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