A Brief History of the Irish in Minnesota

Wilton Vinck


The entire body of an Irish-born sergeant, John Hays, washes up in the Mississippi—St. Paul’s initial recorded murder. Henry Sibley, then justice of the peace, arrests a different Irishman, Edward Phelan, a violent Fort Snelling military buddy. But he dodges conviction.


Right after emigrating with his moms and dads from Kilkenny in 1852, John Ireland becomes ordained in St. Paul and serves as chaplain in the Civil War with the Fifth Minnesota, a mostly Irish regiment.


James J. Hill marries Mary Theresa Mehegan, a devout Irish Catholic who went to school with John Ireland’s sisters. The Protestant railroad baron demonstrates a desire for choosing Irish contractors when developing his Good Northern line.


Bishop Ireland settles thousands of Irish on land together the Good Northern. But when a colony of 24 Gaelic-talking family members at Graceville operates into the wintergeddon of ’80-eighty one, they are forced to migrate to the “Connemara Patch,” a slum on St. Paul’s east side.


Oscar Wilde, wearing purple silk velvet and a single white kid glove, seems in the Towns for two lectures on artwork. The press mock his dandyism, with the Tribune’s assessment entitled “An ‘Ass-Thete.’”


Ignatius Donnelly, a populist pol with a kiss of the blarney, follows up his book on Atlantis with a treatise suggesting Bacon was the authentic Shakespeare.


“The Significant Fellow” John O’Connor becomes St. Paul’s main of police and institutes “the O’Connor Layover Agreement.” Gangsters (Ma Barker, John Dillinger) get short term amnesty in exchange for saying their arrival—and paying out a significant bribe.


Archbishop Ireland celebrates the initial mass at his almost completed copper-domed cathedral on major of St. Anthony Hill, in St. Paul. Even so, in a problem fit for HGTV, the construction drags on (and on) until finally 1940.


Eight yrs right after O’Connor’s death aids finish the corrupt police layover method, his longtime fixer, notorious Eco-friendly Lantern operator “Dapper” Dan Hogan, expires of pure results in. No, hold out: It was a vehicle bomb.


William Mahoney wins the mayorship of St. Paul, inaugurating a 40-12 months Irish dynasty. Nine of the up coming 10 mayors will be Irish, with names like Fallon, McDonough, Delaney, Byrne, and McCarty.


Back in Galway, former Connemara Patch refugee Éamon a Búrc provides an oral history to the Irish Folklore Fee. Though Búrc’s entire body has been wrecked by his labor on the Northern line, his memory is astounding. Búrc’s accounts of verse and legends fill a lot more than two,000 internet pages.


Eugene McCarthy becomes the initial Catholic elected to the U.S. Senate. His determination to Catholic social justice and his principled opposition to the Vietnam War will profoundly affect the ’68 presidential election.


Jim Beattie, a 6’9″ Irish boxer from St. Paul, receives in the ring with James Earl Jones in The Good White Hope. The movie—about the media’s desperate research for a white contender—is a little on the (broken) nose.


A few many years right after his death, F. Scott Fitzgerald finally will come to relaxation in the loved ones plot in Rockville, MD. The exhumed stays of Fitz and spouse Zelda go from the Protestant Rockville Union Cemetery, to be reinterred at the Catholic St. Mary’s.


As soon as the marvel boy artistic director of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, Joe Dowling replaces Garland Wright as Ad of the Guthrie. Dowling sticks about for two many years and prospects the theater to a gleaming new spaceship/IKEA outlet on the West Financial institution.


Gov. Jesse Ventura goes off script in the course of his look on the Late Present with David Letterman. “Whoever made the streets have to have been drunk,” the Body suggests of St. Paul. “I believe it was those people Irish guys—you know what they like to do.”


Empire-developing restaurateur Kieran Folliard calculates how a lot Jameson he’s pouring and concludes he really should just offer his possess whiskey. He names the things two Gingers, but then, to comply with dated liquor rules, have to offer off his pubs.


Right after beginning at the TC Reader, having difficulties with coke, sobering up, and   starring at The New York Occasions, David Carr is buried at St. Ignatius Loyola, in NY. But his previous Reader editor Brian Lambert and organization toss a suitable Irish wake again property at Liquor Lyle’s.

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