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In 2005 four people decided to collect stories about the Irish American men and women who lived in central Ohio Why Irish immigrants have been coming to Central Ohio since before Ohio s Statehood began Thousands Irish came in the 1840 s as a result of Ireland s Great Hunger yet there were no markers or monuments to remember these many people who became an integral part of Central Ohio In 2002 there was an Ohio Historical Marker erected in Downtown Columbus On the one side of the marker there is a timeline to note prominent local Irish Americans while on the reverse side there is a simple paragraph stating the collective accomplishment of the group, not singling out any individuals This is fine for a marker inscription but several of us felt that many individuals had a story to tell We all have a story to tell even though one famous Irish folktale is entitled, The Man who had no Story We also knew that as children we had heard our elders tell stories and snippets about their Irish ancestors that felt like part of local lore Yet as the older people died, much of these stories would be lost So we began a project to collect the family stories of these immigrants We had family stories, we were sure other people did too or else why did so many show up for St Patrick s Day festivities or become members of the Irish American groups in town We set out to collect these stories of those immigrants We did get stories We have a diverse collection with something it for everybody There are factual bits of information about daily life of individuals and some institutions, humorous stories about the funny side of life, glimpses of local politics and organized labor, moving stories of the difficult life of Irish immigrants and moving stories of individuals and their families who persevered in their quest for a life in this country We have accounts of the people banding together to form groups that enabled them to retain pride in their heritage while becoming assimilated into the land they adopted When we began passing the word that we were collecting stories to compile into a book and that we wanted to collect them from the Irish American community in Central Ohio, we asked for stories that had been passed down in the families about people and the events that had happened to them Hopefully there would be evidence of connections to their Irish heritage and possibly tell what the family s Irish origins were We focused on family stories because often they are the stories that are lost as the older generations die We asked about families Irish origin because when examining at old ship records, until the late 19th century they often only listed a person as Irish with no indication of from which county in Ireland they immigrant had departed Not surprisingly, we found that about half of the families that gave us stories did not know the Irish origins of their family We included a chart of the families that did know their counties of origin Interestingly some of the stories in the book relate very well to that chart After several years, we find ourselves with an excellent collection of stories covering events both current and past, some even going back to their origins in Ireland Also, many of the participants found this rewarding because it caused them to investigate and cherish their backgrounds in a way they never had before Julie O Keefe McGhee...

Title : Transplanted Shamrocks Recollections of Central Ohio's Irish Americans
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ISBN : 1432788469
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Outskirts Press June 7, 2012
Number of Pages : 358 pages
File Size : 570 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Transplanted Shamrocks Recollections of Central Ohio's Irish Americans Reviews

  • Jim H.
    2019-01-30 07:35

    All too often, we assume that only NY, or Boston have an Irish flavor, forgetting the far East, Midwest US-well, this great little collection of Irish history will convince you otherwise-well-written, nicely edited, and chock full of great Irish-American stories from Columbus, Ohio-a must-have for any serious collector of Irish-Americana.

  • Irishkate
    2019-02-16 13:27

    Enjoyed reading all the stories of the Irish Families of Ohio that were shared. Well worth the small price. Thank you.

  • Scottish Jean
    2019-02-08 06:43

    Enjoyed this Book. Wonderfrul stories quite emotional, sad, funny and all worth treasuring, I admire the early immigrants, life must have been very hard, how they would marvel at their stories being recorded for posterity.

  • Katie G
    2019-01-21 09:28

    I had to have my money refunded for this book. The print was too small and was unabled