(ABOVE) Laura D. Kelley in front of St. Alphonsus Church in the heart of the Irish Channel New Orleans, Louisiana (photo by Paula Burch)
THE IRISH IN NEW ORLEANS
In this well-researched volume, historian Dr. Laura D. Kelley tells the colorful, amusing and often adventurous history of the Irish in New Orleans. From ‘Bloody’ O’Reilly in the 18th century to the great churches and charitable organizations built by the Irish Famine immigrants in the 19th century to the Irish-dominated politics of the 20th century, as well as Irish dance, music and sports, the author introduces the reader to a hitherto untold story of one of America’s most historical cities. The book also includes essays by Betsy McGovern recalling her involvement in the city’s Irish music scene and Terrence Fitzmorris who discusses wakes and funerary practices of the Irish. The lively and readable text is beautifully illustrated with photographs by Carrie Lee Pierson Schwartz that convey the continuing vibrancy of the Irish community of the Crescent City.
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The Irish in New Orleans won a bronze medal in the South – Regional Non-Fiction category of the Independent Publisher Awards- IPPY.
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