Irish in New Orleans book launch- June 10 Dublin
IRISH NEW ORLEANS
*Did you know that the city that gave birth to Jazz, once had more Irish living there than Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago and was on par with Boston?
*Did you know that the city where Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau lived, also witnessed it’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1806 – less than three years after the Louisiana Purchase?
*Did you know that this most un-American of cities erected the first public statue to a woman in the entire United States: Margaret Gaffney Haughery of County Leitrim?
*Did you know that the lowest lying Irish pub in the world – 8 feet below sea level- is located in New Orelans?
If any of this strikes your curiosity, then please join us on Wednesday June 10th along with Jimmy Deenihan,
Minister for Diaspora Affairs, for the official Irish book launch of Laura D. Kelley’s, The Irish in New Orleans.
From Bloody O’Reilly in the eighteenth century to the great churches and charitable organizations built by the Irish Famine immigrants in the nineteenth century to the Irish-dominated politics of the twentieth century, and including Irish dance, music, and sports, historian Dr. Laura D. Kelley tells the hitherto untold colorful, entertaining and often adventurous history of the Irish in one of America’s most historical cities. The lively and readable text is beautifully illustrated with photographs by Carrie Lee Schwartz that convey the continuing vibrancy of the Irish community of New Orleans.
The book is a finalist for the INDIEFAB award ( to be determined June 2015) and was recently awarded the Bronze Star by Independent Publisher’s Award- IPPY.
Please join us on Wednesday, June 10, for an exploration of this hidden history of New Orleans and its rich culture. Light refreshments and New Orleans mementos will be on hand.