Irish Railroad Workers Museum

Irish Railroad Workers Museum The museum is a historic preservation site that tells the story of the Irish presence in Southwest Baltimore City in the late 1840's, particularly as railroad families who lived in the neighborhood that surrounds the B&O Roundhouse.

What is the Irish Railroad Workers Museum? The Irish Railroad Workers Museum is a historic site in Baltimore Maryland that celebrates the history of the immense Irish presence in Southwest Baltimore in the late 1840's. The museum officially opened on June 17th, 2002. This site consists of a group of 5 alley houses where the Irish immigrants who worked for the adjoining B&O Railroad lived. Two of t

What is the Irish Railroad Workers Museum? The Irish Railroad Workers Museum is a historic site in Baltimore Maryland that celebrates the history of the immense Irish presence in Southwest Baltimore in the late 1840's. The museum officially opened on June 17th, 2002. This site consists of a group of 5 alley houses where the Irish immigrants who worked for the adjoining B&O Railroad lived. Two of t

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Have you considered joining our beginner's course with Irish Language Learners this Fall? We have four openings for this...
09/12/2021

Have you considered joining our beginner's course with Irish Language Learners this Fall? We have four openings for this 12-week, Wednesday evening series of Zoom classes. Registration is on our web site: www.irishshrine.org.

Have you considered joining our beginner's course with Irish Language Learners this Fall? We have four openings for this 12-week, Wednesday evening series of Zoom classes. Registration is on our web site: www.irishshrine.org.

Our web site is a major accomplishment by our Board of Directors, and a resource for our thriving Irish community. Be su...
09/01/2021

Our web site is a major accomplishment by our Board of Directors, and a resource for our thriving Irish community. Be sure to visit our "Big Pivot" blog there; formerly sent out via email, but now posted on our web site (www.irishshrine.org) so you can view them easily, and forever!

Our web site is a major accomplishment by our Board of Directors, and a resource for our thriving Irish community. Be sure to visit our "Big Pivot" blog there; formerly sent out via email, but now posted on our web site (www.irishshrine.org) so you can view them easily, and forever!

High Alert....Open Hours this Saturday! We will be open for your visit on Saturday, 8-21 from 11-1.....we are having a W...
08/16/2021

High Alert....Open Hours this Saturday! We will be open for your visit on Saturday, 8-21 from 11-1.....we are having a Walking Tour that day, and welcome "non-walkers" to enjoy the Museum while we are narrating the houses and neighborhood. It might not be quite like our normal house tours, but worth a stop anyway. Masks required while indoors....Hope to see you then.

High Alert....Open Hours this Saturday! We will be open for your visit on Saturday, 8-21 from 11-1.....we are having a Walking Tour that day, and welcome "non-walkers" to enjoy the Museum while we are narrating the houses and neighborhood. It might not be quite like our normal house tours, but worth a stop anyway. Masks required while indoors....Hope to see you then.

Alert!!! Baltimore City has imposed an indoor mask mandate, and we are making some changes...our normal schedule is susp...
08/09/2021

Alert!!! Baltimore City has imposed an indoor mask mandate, and we are making some changes...our normal schedule is suspended, but some Saturday events are happening...via Zoom and outdoors, primarily . These are being announced on our web site www.irishshrine.org ...be sure to register there. We will begin with a ZOOM event this Saturday 8-14 and a Walking Tour of a 19th Century Irish Neighborhood on 8-21. Stay tuned for an announcement of an outdoor musical event....we're in this together!

Alert!!! Baltimore City has imposed an indoor mask mandate, and we are making some changes...our normal schedule is suspended, but some Saturday events are happening...via Zoom and outdoors, primarily . These are being announced on our web site www.irishshrine.org ...be sure to register there. We will begin with a ZOOM event this Saturday 8-14 and a Walking Tour of a 19th Century Irish Neighborhood on 8-21. Stay tuned for an announcement of an outdoor musical event....we're in this together!

We had a nice IN-PERSON crowd today as we welcomed labor professor Bill Barry. He did his usual great presentation on th...
07/17/2021

We had a nice IN-PERSON crowd today as we welcomed labor professor Bill Barry. He did his usual great presentation on the 1877 Railroad Strike: one that had national implications in a nation without much in the way of benefits and safety precautions for the working man. Thanks to Bill for reminding us about the difficult days our forebears faced, and the remarkable legacy they left us.

We had a nice IN-PERSON crowd today as we welcomed labor professor Bill Barry. He did his usual great presentation on the 1877 Railroad Strike: one that had national implications in a nation without much in the way of benefits and safety precautions for the working man. Thanks to Bill for reminding us about the difficult days our forebears faced, and the remarkable legacy they left us.

There's true excitement among our Board of Directors, staff, docents and volunteers as we announce our re-opening on Fri...
06/24/2021

There's true excitement among our Board of Directors, staff, docents and volunteers as we announce our re-opening on Friday, July 2 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Come as you are, and enjoy our little treasure of a Museum. Baltimore City has lifted Covid restrictions, and it's time...hooray! We're back to our normal schedule: Friday 11-3, and Saturday 11-4. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Work continues as we prepare for a new beginning at the Museum. Board member Maureen Bracken and volunteer Jim Johnson w...
06/21/2021

Work continues as we prepare for a new beginning at the Museum. Board member Maureen Bracken and volunteer Jim Johnson were climbing ladders, scraping and painting this past Friday to freshen up the place. Getting beautiful, for sure; stay tuned for an announcement by our Board of Directors!

Work continues as we prepare for a new beginning at the Museum. Board member Maureen Bracken and volunteer Jim Johnson were climbing ladders, scraping and painting this past Friday to freshen up the place. Getting beautiful, for sure; stay tuned for an announcement by our Board of Directors!

Our Museum has been really active getting ready for you. Recent projects include painting, lawn and garden care, and pre...
06/17/2021

Our Museum has been really active getting ready for you. Recent projects include painting, lawn and garden care, and preparing our rear wall for a new mural. Here's a few photos of our active Board members who are the mainstay of the place, and our newest volunteer Jim Johnson. We've got him climbing ladders already!

We invite you to visit our beautiful new web site, and go to our "Learn" section...and our Big Pivot blog. Our series of...
06/10/2021

We invite you to visit our beautiful new web site, and go to our "Learn" section...and our Big Pivot blog. Our series of articles began alongside our Covid-19 lockdown, and were originally sent out to our email addresses. They are being posted to our web site these days, and we invite you to learn about a man who was "A Mix of Toughness and Reverence; John J. Matey, Bell Installer". Thanks to Ria Crocker and family for sharing this marvelous image with us, and artist Patrick Harnett for his effective photo editing.

We invite you to visit our beautiful new web site, and go to our "Learn" section...and our Big Pivot blog. Our series of articles began alongside our Covid-19 lockdown, and were originally sent out to our email addresses. They are being posted to our web site these days, and we invite you to learn about a man who was "A Mix of Toughness and Reverence; John J. Matey, Bell Installer". Thanks to Ria Crocker and family for sharing this marvelous image with us, and artist Patrick Harnett for his effective photo editing.

We continue to develop our story and yours while we do final preparation for our Museum re-opening. Our glorious new web...
06/02/2021

We continue to develop our story and yours while we do final preparation for our Museum re-opening. Our glorious new web site (www.irishshrine.org) is a repository for our ongoing "Big Pivot" series, and today's offering, "Disaster Magnified: the Perilous Journey of the Brig John Begg" tells us a bit about famine survivor Mary Brennan Tierney (pictured). Her story is similar to many of the era known as the Great Hunger: tragedy followed by hope, and a future. Be sure to check out today's offering, and we hope to see you soon.

We continue to develop our story and yours while we do final preparation for our Museum re-opening. Our glorious new web site (www.irishshrine.org) is a repository for our ongoing "Big Pivot" series, and today's offering, "Disaster Magnified: the Perilous Journey of the Brig John Begg" tells us a bit about famine survivor Mary Brennan Tierney (pictured). Her story is similar to many of the era known as the Great Hunger: tragedy followed by hope, and a future. Be sure to check out today's offering, and we hope to see you soon.

Memorial Day is a time of reflection, and we invite you to consider the sacrifices made by one Irish parish during World...
05/28/2021

Memorial Day is a time of reflection, and we invite you to consider the sacrifices made by one Irish parish during World War II. At least 900 went off to war to defeat tyranny, and a careful look shows asterisks next to the names of those from St. Martin's parish who made the ultimate sacrifice. God bless their memory, and that of a West Baltimore parish who was generous to the poor at home as well.

Memorial Day is a time of reflection, and we invite you to consider the sacrifices made by one Irish parish during World War II. At least 900 went off to war to defeat tyranny, and a careful look shows asterisks next to the names of those from St. Martin's parish who made the ultimate sacrifice. God bless their memory, and that of a West Baltimore parish who was generous to the poor at home as well.

The Irish Railroad Workers Museum was dedicated on June 17, 2002 amidst fanfare and celebration. The Museum charter was ...
05/17/2021

The Irish Railroad Workers Museum was dedicated on June 17, 2002 amidst fanfare and celebration. The Museum charter was established in 1997 by a core group of dedicated founders who had a vision of what we might become. We now have thousands of friends who follow us via social media, snail mail and most recently through our successful Zoom events and fully revamped, glorious new web site. These developments are thrilling to be a part of, but are centered on the work of our founders many years ago, including Judge Tom Ward (pictured). We've loved all the new developments, but really miss those earliest works that were impossible during the pandemic. We are SO excited that the days are coming closer when we can welcome visitors to the Museum, hold special in-person events and take a walking tour of the neighborhood. We just gotta get back to talking up a storm, in-person....getting excited!

The Irish Railroad Workers Museum was dedicated on June 17, 2002 amidst fanfare and celebration. The Museum charter was established in 1997 by a core group of dedicated founders who had a vision of what we might become. We now have thousands of friends who follow us via social media, snail mail and most recently through our successful Zoom events and fully revamped, glorious new web site. These developments are thrilling to be a part of, but are centered on the work of our founders many years ago, including Judge Tom Ward (pictured). We've loved all the new developments, but really miss those earliest works that were impossible during the pandemic. We are SO excited that the days are coming closer when we can welcome visitors to the Museum, hold special in-person events and take a walking tour of the neighborhood. We just gotta get back to talking up a storm, in-person....getting excited!

We're so thankful for some momentum towards normalcy in our state and nation, and continue to use creative methods to ke...
05/03/2021

We're so thankful for some momentum towards normalcy in our state and nation, and continue to use creative methods to keep things going. Generosity of Museum friends has brought things our way, and we welcome your raffle entry on "Basket Two": Two Irish teapots ("Blarney Stone" and "Shamrock"), pair of cups and saucers, Irish tea, $50 Amazon Gift Card, Waterford Picnic Kit, a nice collection of Irish towels, t-cloth and assorted napkins, 6 wine glasses/carafe/bottle wine, Inis lotion, Irish vase and Bell, "So You Think You are Irish" book. Raffle entries are welcome in the events section of our new, glorious web site...www.irishshrine.org. Entries are welcome through 5/14...give it a shot, friends! $10 a 'ticket", and you might win a collection valued at $275.

We're so thankful for some momentum towards normalcy in our state and nation, and continue to use creative methods to keep things going. Generosity of Museum friends has brought things our way, and we welcome your raffle entry on "Basket Two": Two Irish teapots ("Blarney Stone" and "Shamrock"), pair of cups and saucers, Irish tea, $50 Amazon Gift Card, Waterford Picnic Kit, a nice collection of Irish towels, t-cloth and assorted napkins, 6 wine glasses/carafe/bottle wine, Inis lotion, Irish vase and Bell, "So You Think You are Irish" book. Raffle entries are welcome in the events section of our new, glorious web site...www.irishshrine.org. Entries are welcome through 5/14...give it a shot, friends! $10 a 'ticket", and you might win a collection valued at $275.

Thanks to each who were part of our time with Irish historical novelist P.D. St. Claire (photo, right) on Saturday. We e...
04/26/2021

Thanks to each who were part of our time with Irish historical novelist P.D. St. Claire (photo, right) on Saturday. We enjoyed the presentation by the author on the realities of being an Irish American as he weaved his way through the characters found in his excellent trilogy of books. Are you interested in buying his boxed set? Attractive, and well priced...check it out on https://www.theswampoodletrilogy.com/irish-trilogy-gift-set .

Thanks to each who were part of our time with Irish historical novelist P.D. St. Claire (photo, right) on Saturday. We enjoyed the presentation by the author on the realities of being an Irish American as he weaved his way through the characters found in his excellent trilogy of books. Are you interested in buying his boxed set? Attractive, and well priced...check it out on https://www.theswampoodletrilogy.com/irish-trilogy-gift-set .

We hope you can join us for our time with Irish historical novelist P.D. St. Claire this Saturday, April 24 at 11:00. He...
04/21/2021

We hope you can join us for our time with Irish historical novelist P.D. St. Claire this Saturday, April 24 at 11:00. He will present from his poignant writings about the Irish immigrant experience, with a special emphasis on his trilogy series of books that has inspired many to consider their own heritage. Register for this Zoom event on our web page.
The author has kindly offered the trilogy itself (pictured) as a gift to the Museum and our fundraising efforts. It's wonderful reading and a fine gift. Get your own copy by hitting the "Donate" button on our web page (www.irishshrine.org). These are $60 if we can meet you for the handoff in the Baltimore area, or $70 with shipping. We will follow up with you once we see your donation on our web site...easy enough.

Baltimore's Irish Catholics flooded churches such as St. Peter the Apostle when major celebrations were in order, and ne...
04/02/2021

Baltimore's Irish Catholics flooded churches such as St. Peter the Apostle when major celebrations were in order, and never more so than at Easter. Their church was a remarkable place of worship and intellectual development due to the leadership of Rev. Edward McColgan, a County Donegal native who served as pastor for 56 years. His ministry among the mostly modest railroading community had a strong emphasis on education and temperance, but also used great music to lift both spirits and intellect. While predominantly an Irish parish, classical music was a vital part of worship at the church on Easter Sunday, 1871. Choir, piano and organ were featured as the musicians performed Mozart Mass No. 12, featuring several soloists under the direction of A.C. Bokman, accompanied by organist Mrs. A. E. Polzer. It is worth considering that this musical celebration was taken in by those who were among the poorest of a desperate Ireland just a generation earlier. Laborers, wives and children were uplifted by those in leadership at the Church, who were part of a transformation of an immigrant people who became essential in the development of a young America....one hundred fifty years ago.

Thanks to so many who attended our most recent Zoom presentation: "Frederick Douglass in Ireland". His remarkable visit ...
04/02/2021

Thanks to so many who attended our most recent Zoom presentation: "Frederick Douglass in Ireland". His remarkable visit was capably described by historian Bill Barry. There was a super addition to our time: 3 representatives from the "Douglass Week Team" from Cork, Ireland. Kristen Leary, Sarah McCready and Caroline Schroeter told us all about the remarkable remembrances of Douglass in Ireland itself, and invited our Zoomers to reach back their way via their web site: www.douglassincork.com . Frankly, lots of us got excited about future possibilities in remembering the former slave, abolitionist and civil rights leader in America, which at least one attendee thought should naturally be centered in Baltimore, MD...although there was some energy going towards it being in New York. Anyway, be sure you reach out to this group and their vibrant web site, and thanks to all who attended, including Liam from County Clare.

Thanks to so many who attended our most recent Zoom presentation: "Frederick Douglass in Ireland". His remarkable visit was capably described by historian Bill Barry. There was a super addition to our time: 3 representatives from the "Douglass Week Team" from Cork, Ireland. Kristen Leary, Sarah McCready and Caroline Schroeter told us all about the remarkable remembrances of Douglass in Ireland itself, and invited our Zoomers to reach back their way via their web site: www.douglassincork.com . Frankly, lots of us got excited about future possibilities in remembering the former slave, abolitionist and civil rights leader in America, which at least one attendee thought should naturally be centered in Baltimore, MD...although there was some energy going towards it being in New York. Anyway, be sure you reach out to this group and their vibrant web site, and thanks to all who attended, including Liam from County Clare.

Join us for our first Raffle Basket of 2021!Museum friends give generously to our St. Patrick's Day Kickoff Party's annu...
03/26/2021

Join us for our first Raffle Basket of 2021!

Museum friends give generously to our St. Patrick's Day Kickoff Party's annual Silent Auction...alas, not possible during Covid. No matter; we're raffling off Joan's "A Wee Bit Irish" basket items.
The Winner will receive:

A large Tullamore Dew sign ($10 Value)
$50 Gift Card from Looney's Pub (5 locations)
Jameson 750 ml ($30 value)
Brady's Irish Cream 750 ml ($12 value)
Bailey's Salted Caramel Liqueur 750 ml ($26 value)
Irish Theme Coffee Mug ($16 value)
Patrick "O' Santa" musical figurine ( $10 value)
Pair of Irish cozies ($5 value)
Four Ceramic Budweiser Steins (Christmas Series) $60 value
1 Irish Music CD ($ 5 Value)
Set of "Irish Bar Towels" ($14 value)

a $238 package...take a $10 chance as we raffle it off on our
Web Site (www.irishshrine.org )

Winner announced on 4-16; we'll meet you in the Baltimore area for the hand-off!

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What is the Irish Railroad Workers Museum? The Irish Railroad Workers Museum is a historic site in Baltimore Maryland that celebrates the history of the immense Irish presence in Southwest Baltimore in the late 1840's. The museum officially opened on June 17th, 2002. This site consists of a group of 5 alley houses where Irish immigrants lived while working for the adjoining B&O Railroad. Two of the houses, 918 and 920 Lemmon St., serve as our Museum, and include the home of James and Sarah Feeley, who lived at 918 Lemmon Street for over twenty years with 6 of their 10 children. The Feeley home has been restored to reflect the lives of the family, and a special room on the second floor displays James Feeley’s perilous journy from County Tipperary to Baltimore. The adjoining house is used for historical displays and presentations that expand our story. The Irish Railroad Workers Museum is the centerpiece of a larger historical district that includes the B&O Railroad Museum, St. Peter the Apostle Church, Hollins Market, and St. Peter the Apostle Cemetery. The museum is a project of the Railroad Historical District Corporation, a non-profit organization.

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Looking for Wayne Schaumburg so that we can continue our discussion from a webinar about a possible Irish Presbyterian church located on Holliday s of Saratoga st. Ref: Elizabeth #Kelso (wife of John Kelso, seaman).
May be of interest to some.
Hey everyone! I hope you are all hanging in there as we all watch History repeat itself! If you’d like to try a new book, there is a new historical novel out by Irish-American author and musician Cahal Dunne. Its called ATHENRY: An odyssey of sacrifice, survival, and love. Anyone with Irish roots may want to take a look. It is set in 1840’s Ireland during the Great Famine, a time also full of injustice for Irish Catholics. If you’d like to check it out, here is a link to the first 18 pages free! http://cahaldunne.com/media/Athenry%20ebook-18pages.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0UsRHy7k9doV6-2pxjAPVqxH3uqKbnCJD6gmg5TmfxAXpb7BOwI8c0SG8 ATHENRY is available on Amazon/Kindle for $8.99 To order the book, go to cahaldunne.com $15 + $4 S&H https://www.facebook.com/100007354332459/videos/2723243464597438/
Northern Ireland's legendary singer, songwriter and peacemaker in a FREE Facebook concert!
Once again I thank you for an excellent e-mail that I received today, They Danced for Erin: Irish Life, with Small and Big Themes". I am not related to the Sweeney family; however, my family lived on the same street (McHenry) and attended the same parish (St. Martins). Again, I greatly appreciate all the e-mails. I learn and understand more of my paternal Irish heritage from each e-mail you send. Mega thanks.
I participated in an event on Sunday(July 5th)at a museum in Fell's Pt. When I posted photos of the event,most of the comments said that they had no interest in visiting or touring a city that allows mobs to destroy public property. This toppling of the Columbus statue is bigger than it appears. The fact that the Italian community has stepped forward to retrieve and repair the statue(for free!),speaks volumes.We might want to think about claiming the O'Donnell statue before it is destroyed too. Great men are flawed because they are human. Martin Luther King was a philanderer and a member of the Communist Party but we remember the GOOD he did. The same should be tolerated about Carroll,Paca,Howard,O'Donnell and Columbus. This is not about slavery or Black lives It is about destroying American history. If you think we are immune,you are wrong.
Silly to some, but just got very excited to discover my granfather's brother, Valentine Russell, living at 926 Lemmon Street! Can't help but wonder if they knew the Feeleys!
Big Pivot Issue VII - High Kings of Baltimore: Walter A. “Buddy” Kratz Jr. - so thrilled with this article - my Irish descendants were Poultry/Produce Hucksters - of course, I loved the entire issue but was especially happy to read about the Irish Baltimore Arabbers! Thank you.
A great program by my friend, Sean Duffy, in Wheeling, WVA, about the Easter Rising
Thank you so much to the volunteers at the museum!! A special thank you to Luke McCusker for his wonderful help in finding some family info on my grandfather John P. McGowan!!!
To everyone at The Irish Railroad Workers Museum: Sincerest thanks for your always unsurpassed hospitality and generosity. On two recent occasions, it has been my humble pleasure to perform at events you hosted, and everyone associated with the museum has gone out of their way to make all of us musicians and dancers feel welcome. So, to Luke McCusker and your great crew -- many thanks for everything. You do wonderful work on behalf of Baltimore's Irish community, and we are all much the better and more educated for it.