Irish Americans in New York City

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The Irish community is one of New York's major and important ethnic groups, and has been a significant proportion of the city's population since the waves of immigration in the late 19th century.

As a result of the Great Famine in Ireland, many Irish families were forced to emigrate from the country. By 1854, between 1.5 and 2 million Irish had left their country. In the United States, most Irish became city-dwellers. With little money, many had to settle in the cities that the ships landed in. By 1850, the Irish made up a quarter of the population in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Baltimore.

New York City today has the largest number of Irish-Americans of any city in the United States.[1] During the Celtic Tiger years, when the Irish economy was booming, a buying spree of homes and apartments by native Irish in New York City as second homes,[2] or as investment property was seen.[3]

Irish-Americans play a significant role in New York city and state politics, media, Wall Street, the Roman Catholic church, and the major sports leagues. They have been highly active in the Fire Department of New York City, New York City Police Department, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.[citation needed]

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Notable Irish New Yorkers[edit]

Irish mayors[edit]

Irish Bishops of the Archdiocese of New York[edit]

Notable Irish New Yorkers[edit]

Irish gangs[edit]

Entertainment about Irish in New York City[edit]


Fairytale of New York by Irish band The Pogues refers to the NYPD choir singing Galway Bay. This is traditional because the force traditionally was largely made up of Irish Americans.

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  1. ^ Irish American Fun Facts & Trivia
  2. ^ The Real Estate Bloggers
  3. ^ An Irish Taste for Real Estate in Manhattan, by Patrick McHeehan, N.Y. Times, May 8, 2007 (The page number is not available; it is available on-line with registration).
  4. ^ NY Times article, requires registration
  5. ^ Irish fire-fighter obit
  6. ^ A bit o' the Irish brogue: Woodlawn: An Irish enclave in the far reaches of the Bronx, by Patrick Ward, amNY, February 8, 2007, at pp. 34, 36, 38; see also at [1].
  7. ^ page on Woodlawn
  8. ^ Irish restaurants in N. Riverdale
  9. ^ "Top 7 Brooklyn Irish Pubs and Bars", by Wendy Zarganis, About:New York:Brooklyn web site
  10. ^ Blog: "A Shamrock Grows in Brooklyn"
  11. ^ Henry Grattan's Pub web site
  12. ^ Congressman' s site
  13. ^
  14. ^ Neighborhood web site
  15. ^ Civic group
  16. ^ Irish dance group
  17. ^ Forgotten NY web site
  18. ^ "Close up on Vinegar Hill", by Danial Adkinson, Village Voice web site
  19. ^ "If You're Thinking of Living in Vinegar Hill...", by Dulcie Leimbach, N.Y. Times, August 31, 2003 on line.
  20. ^ a b Ellen Freudenheim, Queens: What to do, where to go (and how not to get lost) in New York's Undiscovered Borough, pp. pp. 15-16 (Woodside), 262-265 (Rockaways), 267-275 (Sunnyside), 277-287 (Woodside). (St. Martin's NY 2006) ISBN 0-312-35818-0.
  21. ^ Bayor and Meaghar (1996). The New York Irish. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-5199-8.  (p. 414)
  22. ^ Staten Is. Cultural web site
  23. ^ Staten Island Irish Fair web site
  24. ^ Information on Norwood, a.k.a. page on Norwood
  25. ^ St. Barnabas' Parish web site
  26. ^ Diana Shaman, If You're Thinking of Living In /Woodhaven, Queens; Diversity in a Cohesive Community, New York Times September 20, 1998, found at NY Times article on the diversity of Rego Park including Irish-Aamericans. Accessed November 8, 2007.

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