The Irish in New York Oral History Project

The Irish in New York Oral History Project New York based oral history project recording the experiences of Irish people who have made the journey across the Atlantic and now call New York home.
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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s! Aedin Moloney made this great tribute to Mom’s! It’s been a challenging year for al...
05/09/2021
I am HER, SHE is ME

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s! Aedin Moloney made this great tribute to Mom’s! It’s been a challenging year for all of our mom’s, now more than ever show them some love!😊💚☘️💐💕

A film by Aedin MoloneyAs part of our Alone Together Video Series, Fallen Angel Theatre presents I am HER, SHE is ME. This incredible group of Irish, British...

There’s an award ceremony being held tomorrow night sponsored by  the Irish Echo. It’s called The Show Must go on Arts &...
04/22/2021
The Show Must Go On Arts & Culture Awards

There’s an award ceremony being held tomorrow night sponsored by the Irish Echo. It’s called The Show Must go on Arts & Culture Awards.

In conjunction with Culture Ireland, we will celebrate the very cream of Ireland’s artists who ha...

You are invited to learn more about the Irish in NY Oral History Project this Saturday, March 20th from 2:30-3:30pm. 😊 W...
03/16/2021

You are invited to learn more about the Irish in NY Oral History Project this Saturday, March 20th from 2:30-3:30pm. 😊 We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers who would enjoy being part of our effort to record the life stories & memories of the Irish who came to New York.

If you were born in Ireland and now reside in NY, please consider sharing your story with us. Although we can't meet in person at this time, we can interview via phone or Zoom.

Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in joining us. We hope you'll enjoy listening to Colm Ó Mongáin's RTÈ podcast about the project:
Podcast: Ep. 56 Making Covid History - https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0827/1161740-podcast-ep-56-making-covid-history/

You are invited to learn more about the Irish in NY Oral History Project this Saturday, March 20th from 2:30-3:30pm. 😊 We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers who would enjoy being part of our effort to record the life stories & memories of the Irish who came to New York.

If you were born in Ireland and now reside in NY, please consider sharing your story with us. Although we can't meet in person at this time, we can interview via phone or Zoom.

Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in joining us. We hope you'll enjoy listening to Colm Ó Mongáin's RTÈ podcast about the project:
Podcast: Ep. 56 Making Covid History - https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0827/1161740-podcast-ep-56-making-covid-history/

So cuute!
03/10/2021

So cuute!

Tune in today to watch the St. Pat’s for all parade, some great traditional Irish musical talents will be featured! Don’...
03/07/2021
St Pat's For All 2021 - Virtual Parade

Tune in today to watch the St. Pat’s for all parade, some great traditional Irish musical talents will be featured! Don’t miss it!😊💚🍀🎶🇮🇪

https://www.stpatsforall.org/​The 22nd Annual St. Pat's For All Parade celebrates the diversity of the Irish and Irish American communities of New York. If y...

These beautiful photos were taken in Ballyshannon Donegal, Ireland. Photo credit: Andrea Whelan
03/06/2021

These beautiful photos were taken in Ballyshannon Donegal, Ireland. Photo credit: Andrea Whelan

Here’s a lovely compilation of various artists put together by Aedin Moloney! Happy Valentine’s Day!😊💕❤️
02/14/2021
Love in the time of Covid

Here’s a lovely compilation of various artists put together by Aedin Moloney! Happy Valentine’s Day!😊💕❤️

Fallen Angel Theatre presents "Love in the time of Covid"A film by Aedin Moloney. Edited by Aedin Moloney Sound editing by Eric MarcianoJoin this extraordin...

Photos from The Irish in New York Oral History Project's post
02/13/2021

Photos from The Irish in New York Oral History Project's post

The Queens College Irish Studies Department and The Irish in New York Oral History Project are thrilled to present an Au...
02/07/2021

The Queens College Irish Studies Department and The Irish in New York Oral History Project are thrilled to present an Author reading with Kathy McKeon, author of Jackie’s Girl, her memoir about her life and time spent as Jackie Kennedy’s personal assistant. Please join us on Saturday February13th at 1:30pm for this special Zoom event .
Please RSVP by Friday February 12th for the Zoom link. Email: [email protected] for the Zoom ID.

02/06/2021

The Queens College Irish Studies Department and The Irish in New York Oral History Project, are thrilled to have an author reading with Kathy McKeon author of the Memoir “Jackie’s Girl” about her life and work as Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ personal assistant and occasional nanny to John jr. and Caroline Kennedy. Please join us on February 13, at 1:30 pm for this exciting event. RSVP by Friday February 12th for the Zoom I.D. to [email protected].

01/29/2021
IrishNY - Covid - Stories

We compiled a series of voice clips from Irish people living in New York who kindly shared their Covid-19 experience with us from early on in the pandemic. This podcast was prepared in conjunction with the Queens College Irish Oral History Project. Many thanks to those of you who agreed to take part in this oral history series & please contact us if you would like to get involved in future interviews!

#Podcast #OralHistory

As part of our Irish Oral History project we interview Irish peoples who immigrated to New York and archive their stories. For this particular series, we interviewed a wide variety of people from bart

This lovely photo of a historic bridge in County, Clare, Ireland. Photo credit: James A Truett😊💚🍀🇮🇪
01/27/2021

This lovely photo of a historic bridge in County, Clare, Ireland. Photo credit: James A Truett
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County Clare's historic Clondegad Bridge has provided a crossing over the Owenslieve River since 1800. My own ancestors regularly traversed this bridge to go to Ballycorick church or visits to the doctor.

This single-arch bridge was the scene of a skirmish in 1831 between members of the Terry Alts, a clandestine society engaged in rural revolt, and British Military. One British officer died. Two men were hanged nearby, and several others were transported to penal colonies in Australia.

Now, it's a very peaceful setting with birds offering a playful chorus from their perches in surrounding trees and the gurgling sounds of water prancing over the rocky river bottom on its way to meet the nearby Shannon Estuary.

Keep up with my work, see posts you may have missed and get exclusive discounts on prints, calendars and other products in my online shop by subscribing to my "Clan Newsletter" here: jamesatruett.com/subscribe

This lovely photo was taken in County Galway, Ireland.😊💚🍀🇮🇪
01/25/2021

This lovely photo was taken in County Galway, Ireland.😊💚🍀🇮🇪

Salmon Weir, the Salmon Weir Bridge and the Cathedral.

Lovely photo taken in Galway, Ireland.
01/25/2021

Lovely photo taken in Galway, Ireland.

Salmon Weir, the Salmon Weir Bridge and the Cathedral.

This lovely photo was taken in County Clare,  Ireland. Photo credit: James A Truett
01/25/2021

This lovely photo was taken in County Clare, Ireland.
Photo credit: James A Truett

A flourishing sunrise highlights a frosty fence in a County Clare field near the village of Kildysart, along the shores of Ireland's Shannon Estuary.

Wishing you a fantastic week!

Keep up with my work, see posts you may have missed and get exclusive discounts on prints, calendars and other products in my online shop by subscribing to my "Clan Newsletter" here: jamesatruett.com/subscribe

A lovely photo taken in Ballyshannon, IrelandPhoto credit: Andrea Whelan
01/20/2021

A lovely photo taken in Ballyshannon, Ireland
Photo credit: Andrea Whelan

L❤ve is in the air....

01/15/2021
Testimonial for Submission to Barstool Fund

Please help the owners of Donovan's pub Woodside. They have been a staple of the community in Woodside for many years. They are struggling like so many other restaurants this year due to the Current Covid-19 Pandemic. We had the pleasure of holding an event there last February, Dan and Jimmy were so hospitable and kind to the Irish Studies Department. 😊🍀🇮🇪We enjoyed fantastic Irish food, Irish Traditional music and good company! 🍀💚🎶Donovan's pub has stepped up for the frontline workers by providing food to them and even helped victims of domestic violence. They had to close down right before St. Patrick's Day. They are only open for takeout orders and are in danger of closing down completely in February. Please help out if you are able to.

Love this! 🛷 🤗The Irish women are hardcore! 💕 🇮🇪
01/11/2021

Love this! 🛷 🤗The Irish women are hardcore! 💕 🇮🇪

You’re never too old, Irish ladies are made of tough stuff💪☘️🇮🇪

86 years old Eileen Maguire and her grandson Jack in Sweeney’s Hill in Rathpeacon, Cork⛄️💚🇮🇪
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Gorgeous shot of the harbor village of Cobh County Cork! 😍
01/09/2021

Gorgeous shot of the harbor village of Cobh County Cork! 😍

1st snow day of 2021 in the beautiful harbor town of Cobh, County Cork. 😍 St Colman's Cathedral looks so striking in the background!

#sneachta #SnowDay #Ireland #Cobh
Photo credit: koconnorphotography

This lovely photo was taken in the Irish ☘️ Countryside in County Clare. Photo credit: James A Truett
01/04/2021

This lovely photo was taken in the Irish ☘️ Countryside in County Clare. Photo credit: James A Truett

Like tentacles battling for nourishment from the crisp Winter morning's tangerine sky, these leafless branches reach for the sun's first rays here in the Irish countryside of County Clare.

This lovely photo was taken in Co.Clare Ireland, In the Countryside by Shannon Estuary. phot credit: James A Truett
12/30/2020

This lovely photo was taken in Co.Clare Ireland, In the Countryside by Shannon Estuary. phot credit: James A Truett

#8 Top Post of 2020:

Morning broke in the County Clare countryside with this magnificent sunrise reflecting in the waters of Ireland's Shannon Estuary. That's the village of Kildysart in the foreground. What a way to start the day!

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Keep up with my work, see posts you may have missed and get exclusive discounts on prints, calendars and other products in my online shop by subscribing to my "Clan Newsletter" here: jamesatruett.com/subscribe

Gorgeous photo taken in Bundoran, Ireland, today. Photo credit: Andrea Whelan
12/27/2020

Gorgeous photo taken in Bundoran, Ireland, today. Photo credit: Andrea Whelan

Storm Bella in Bundoran today

This amazing photo was taken in County Clare, Ireland  photo credit: James A. Truett For those that celebrate Nollaig Sh...
12/25/2020

This amazing photo was taken in County Clare, Ireland photo credit: James A. Truett For those that celebrate Nollaig Shona dhuit!😊💚🍀🌲

An amazing Christmas Eve sunset illuminated the sky last evening over the rolling hills of County Clare near the village of Kildysart. This breathtaking aerial vista offers a spectacular demonstration of the ever-changing beauty of nature! Have a great holiday.

Here's a lovely photo taken in Co. Clare, Ireland. photo credit: James A. Truett😀🍀💚
12/16/2020

Here's a lovely photo taken in Co. Clare, Ireland. photo credit: James A. Truett😀🍀💚

I love the way nature embraces the manmade stone fences that separate plots of land in the Burren Region of County Clare. This image, featured in my 2021 Magical Irish Countryside Wall Calendar, shows Bloody Cranes-bill wildflowers blooming in front of and out of a dry-stacked limestone wall.

Find out more about the wall calendar here: moodsofireland.com/MIC

Here's a lovely photo of a cottage in Co. Clare, Ireland.
12/12/2020

Here's a lovely photo of a cottage in Co. Clare, Ireland.

It won't be long now before Snowdrops and Daffodils start blooming again! I captured this image a few years ago in front of an old cottage in the County Clare countryside near Kilrush.

Lovely photo taken in Co. Galway, Ireland. Photo credit- James A. Truett
12/11/2020

Lovely photo taken in Co. Galway, Ireland. Photo credit- James A. Truett

Enshrouded in the quintessential Irish mist, this mysterious path winds through County Galway's Portumna Forest Park at the north end of Lough Derg, third largest lake on the island of Ireland.

Lovely photo taken in Co. Clare, Ireland. Photo credit- James A. Truett.😊💚🍀
12/10/2020

Lovely photo taken in Co. Clare, Ireland. Photo credit- James A. Truett.😊💚🍀

What an amazing way to start my day! I'm so grateful to be able to share with you today's amazing sunrise over the County Clare village of Kildysart. There is magic in the air!

Lovely photo from Ireland, Inisheer, Aran Islands. photo credit- James A. Truett
12/04/2020

Lovely photo from Ireland, Inisheer, Aran Islands. photo credit- James A. Truett

From my 2021 Inisheer, Aran Islands Wall Calendar, this image features the shipwrecked vessel MV Plassy as it rusts away after a storm washed her onto rocks in 1960. Islanders rescued the 11-man crew before a subsequent storm picked up the ship and deposited her on the rocky coastline. Islanders then "rescued" her cargo of whiskey, stained glass and yarn... probably in that order.

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11/29/2020

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Lovely photo from Ireland, Shannon Estuary.-photo credit James A. Truett😀🍀
11/18/2020

Lovely photo from Ireland, Shannon Estuary.-photo credit James A. Truett😀🍀

The tidal waters of Ireland's Shannon Estuary meander through flats at the headlands of Poulnasherry Bay between Kilrush and Loophead Peninsula in County Clare.

The Bay once was key to transportation in the commercial turf trade. It's now designated for shellfish cultivation by the European Union and attracts large flocks of waterfowl spending Winter in the pungent greenery of the wetlands.

Lovely Autumn Foliage🍂from Co. Clare, Ireland. photo credit- James A. Truett
11/14/2020

Lovely Autumn Foliage🍂from Co. Clare, Ireland. photo credit- James A. Truett

I fully expected most Autumn colours to have faded away after our recent rains and winds, but I was pleasantly surprised to find this pocket of vibrant colours near the village of Killimer during a brief adventure into the County Clare countryside yesterday. Such a warm and peaceful place!

Killimer, now home to about 500 residents on the northern shore of Ireland's Shannon Estuary, had a pre-famine population of more than 3,000. Shannonferry Group Ltd, a car-ferry service, connects between Killmer and Tarbert in County Kerry.

Here’s a lovely photo from County Clare, Ireland to brighten your day!😊💚🍀🇮🇪
11/13/2020

Here’s a lovely photo from County Clare, Ireland to brighten your day!😊💚🍀🇮🇪

Here's a colourful "pick me up" for the day... This is one of my favourite images from Summer, captured in the County Clare village of Sixmilebridge. It's a cascade of flowers decorating one of the local homes on Main St. Bright and beautiful!

This lovely Autumn photo was taken in Kilkenny, Ireland😀🍀💚🇮🇪🇮
11/08/2020
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This lovely Autumn photo was taken in Kilkenny, Ireland😀🍀💚🇮🇪🇮

Autumn
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The Irish in New York Oral History Project

The Queens College Irish Studies Program is pleased to embark upon an unprecedented oral history of the Irish and Irish-Americans who emigrated to or settled and grew up in New York in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We hope to capture the enormously interesting and often challenging lives these men and women forged for themselves, as new arrivals, support system go-betweens, business owners, businesspeople, bartenders, nannies, construction workers, politicians, housewives, artists and writers, gangsters, policemen and firemen: in short, the lives of those who contributed so much to the life of the city today.

Under the directorship of Eileen Sprague, and the aegis of Queens College and Queens Library, we are working to capture these individuals’ memories, many of which will be digitally available on our websites. The material will also be archived at Queens College for the purpose of future scholarly research. Podcasts will also be made of these interviews, beginning with “A Life Across the Ocean” which will highlight the lives of an older generation who made the journey into the unknown in throughout the 40s, 50s and 60s.

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