The Irish and their Associations in New York and London

A lecture by Miriam Nyhan
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
6 PM
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Irish immigrants in New York and London have long organized themselves into county associations. This pattern is neither unique to these cities nor to this immigrant group. But the Irish and their love of county provides a rich and enduring example of this type of immigrant association and in the years proceeding World War II the networks of county associations in both these immigrant hubs provided important social, cultural, benevolent and psychological maps. This presentation demonstrates how this type of associational behavior provides a fascinating lens through which immigration patterns can be elucidated and compared. 
Miriam Nyhan received her BA and MPhil degrees from University College Cork (N.U.I) and her PhD from the European University Institute, Florence. With a special interest in twentieth-century migration, she has focused primarily on Irish immigrants who settled in New York and London. Her book Are You Still Below? The Ford Marina Plant, Cork, 1917-1984 (2007) provides an illuminating social history of Ireland’s only Ford factory. She teaches migration, oral, and modern Irish history at NYU's Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies, Glucksman Ireland House.

Apr. 7, 2015 - 6:00 PM