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Podcast 213 – From the Irish Roots Cafe
Irish in America, part 5, audio edition.
Audio Run Time: 1:09 from

Todays Blog contains a few notes from my free audio book
podcast which will soon be posted at:

The hardcopy edition of this book is at Amazon and:

Audio Edition of the First Book on the Missouri Irish.
The Original History, with genealogical notes,
by Michael C. O’Laughlin, as read by Molly Nickle:

More Famine Irish; The Murphy Wagon,
Fr. Donnelly; Kansas City Irish settlements

I opened this section of the book,
“Joseph Murphy left town and climbed the fabled Indian Mound,
pondering his dilemma. He had arrived in St. Louis, parentless
at the age of 13, and built up a small wagon trade..”

Joseph Murphy
Todays excerpt covers the arrival of Joseph Murphy
as a young boy from County Louth. He became an
amazing success, his company building thousands
of wagons for the westward movement in America.

He was supposed to be greeted by family members
but they had left for parts unknown. So, he was
on his own when he arrived. I remember researching
the records looking for names of the Irish workers
on his wagons, but it seems there were more Germans
than Irish. The Irish worked well when they came
to work, but may have been a bit independent, so
the work force was primarily German according to
my sources.

We also find 30 illustrations or more, from my
collection on the Irish in Missouri, including
the famous and infamous, maps and extracts.
I think Molly reads the list of illustrations on
the audio, but of course, we could not show them.

Irish in Kansas City
I then moved on to the Irish in Kansas City, virgin
territory when I started to research this book.
The early settlers are included, and of course, the
Fr. Donnelly saga, along with the story of the
first parades in the 1800′s and who was in them!
The Shamrock Society and the Hibernians were
the first organizations of record in the 1800′s.

First K.C. newspaper
St. Louis had its first two newspapers published
by Irishmen, and now we find the first was
printed by Kennedy in Kansas City. The name
of the paper was The Kansas Public Ledger
in 1851 when it first came out, and it was
published near the River in what is Kansas
City Missouri today. I think it was on Water
Street, which no longer exists.

Irish politics are always present, and there
were plenty in Kansas City. People complained
of the Irish controlling the city back in the
1870′s, and I included some quotes from the
papers of the day on that…work crews also
held many Irish names as listed in the paper.

The above are just a few tidbits from the book,
and you can listen to it on my podcast or hear
all 7 hours of ‘Missouri Irish’ on our CD.

Next is part 6, which covers the St. Patricks
Day Parades.
Then it is part 7, for the Irish Wilderness
settlement and Father Hogan.
Finishing with part 8commentary:
‘My Irish American Heritage’
Sullivan, Donahue, Buckley, Kelliher Cork, Kerry,
Civil War, Iowa, Missouri… Special guest reading
by Patricia Donahue (O’Laughlin)

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From the Irish Roots Cafe Broadcast Network
Irish Roots Cafe Video Shorts. #3. Shownotes.

Filmed live at the Irish Roots Festival workshops this year.

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Todays Video Topic:

The Irish in America Broadcast Time: (2:44 )

This is where we have a chance to cover local history
in America (or anywhere in the world really).

History and Genealogy Podcast
I started this podcast with the story of the Irish in
Missouri, primarily due to the information I had
uncovered when writing the book ‘Missouri Irish’ in
1984. That book, the first of its kind, was first published
as ‘Irish Settlers on the American Frontier.’  We have
interviews with quite a few folks, telling the story of the
Irish in the region.

Kansas City Irish, St. Louis Irish
This podcast series focus is on local history of the Irish
in America (so far). It includes genealogy notes on specific
families. Kansas City, St. Louis, and the Irish Wilderness
in SE Missouri are main topics of the first segment.

Local Politics and Personalities
We cover Irish politics and the Pendergast regime, the
early settlements of the Irish here, including the
Irish Wilderness under Fr. Hogan and in Kansas City
under Father Bernard Donnelly.  There are also a few
interviews with Irish dancers in these areas.

Lost Tribes of the Irish in Georgia
We also include the Irish in Savannah, Georgia.
This was due to the interest and activity of Walt Harper,
who has a good knowledge of the subject, for starters.
I enjoyed taking the Irish Roots Cafe mobile unit down
to Savannah and speaking there earlier this year.
The Irish are represented very well in Savannah,
and that would include Kevin Barrys on the waterfront.
HIbernians, Dancers, and Singers are out in strength
in this historic town.

Preparing For 2009
Our next season should begin in 2009, assuming I
can get some help from an interested local historian
in your area !  Feel free to contact me about that any time.

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