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Guide to the Ireland House Oral History Collection AIA.030

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Rebecca Altermatt, Rachel Searcy

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 31, 2022
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Megan O'Shea to incorporate material from accession number 2018.100 Updated by Lyric Evans-Hunter to reflect the digitization of electronic records  , September 2018 , March 2022

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Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Hamill, Peter

Historical/Biographical Note

Pete Hamill (b. 1935), a novelist, essayist, journalist, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. Raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, the son of immigrants from Belfast, he was editor-in-chief of both the New York Post and the  New York Daily News, and a columnist for both as well as for  New York Newsday, the  Village Voice,  New York magazine and  Esquire. His 1994 memoir,  A Drinking Life, was on the same New York Times best-seller list for 13 weeks.

Oct 22, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Hanley, Tom

Historical/Biographical Note

Tom Hanley (b. Jersey City, New Jersey, 1939), raised in Hoboken and a longshoreman since age 17, has been very involved with waterfront union politics. At age 14 he made an appearance in the film classic On the Waterfront (1954), directed by Elia Kazan.

Nov 5, 2010
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_22 Harrington, Odette

Harrington, Odette: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Odette Harrington was born in 1960 in San Francisco, California.  In 1962, her family returned to Ireland and settled in Ballintubbert, Athy, County Kildare, Ireland.  She worked at the Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston, Massachusetts in the 1980s and 1990s.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Odette Harrington's home in Ballintubbert, Athy, County Kildare, Ireland on July 5, 2014.  The interview covers Harrington's early life in Ireland and her working life in the United States (US).  Harrington discusses her parents, their immigration experiences, and their decision to return to Athy in 1962.  She recounts her education and jobs she held before immigrating to the US in 1985. She discusses living in San Francisco, California; working in elder care; and living in Chicago, Illinois and Savannah, Georgia for six months in 1987.  She discusses her move to Massachusetts in 1987 and her work as companion to an older woman in Cambridge. She describes her work with the Irish Immigration Reform Movement (IIRM) and at the Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC), and recounts the decision to establish the IIIC in 1989.

2014
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Hartigan, Daniel (two interviews)

Historical/Biographical Note

Daniel Hartigan, Jr. (born 1926), is an Irish immigrant, born in Limerick, whose father was an ardent follower of Eamon De Valera. His dad's allegiance to De Valera through the 1920s and 1930s cost him and the family dearly. Hartigan Sr.'s political choices led to financial and social reverses for the family and ultimately the migration of Daniel, Jr. and most of his siblings. Life for this IRA family in the west of Ireland during the 20s and through World War II offered few other options.

Mar 29, 2008-Dec 9, 2008
Box: 4 Folder : 46 Haughey, Philip C.

Historical/Biographical Note

Philip C. Haughey (b. Waltham, MA, 1935) has served as Chair of Celtic Studies at his alma mater, Harvard University, on the board of University College Dublin's Smurfit School of Business in Ireland, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2005 from the University of Ulster, Coleraine, for his contribution to business and support for philanthropic organizations.

Apr 10, 2013
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Hayes, Catriona

Biographical Note

Catriona Hayes (b. Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry, Ireland, 1974), a homemaker and a student nurse, emigrated to New York in 2000 after spending a period studying and working in London. She is married to Eddie Hayes.

Scope and Content Note

In this oral history, Hayes focuses on several topics, including: differences between Irish-born and Irish Americans, the latter assuming that children should attend Catholic school; difference between New York and London; dealing with Irish Americans in Irish pubs in New York (e.g. 'Maggie's Place'); her son growing up American; and changes in Ireland.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 80 minutes long, on 1 CD. The interview took place in Bellerose Terrace, New York, on March 9, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Other Finding Aids Note

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Mar 9, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Hayes, Eddie

Biographical Note

Eddie Hayes (b. Co. Limerick, Ireland, 1966), a narcotics detective with the New York City Police Department, emigrated in 1989. After service with the U.S. Navy, he joined the NYPD in 1996. He is married to Catriona Hayes.

Other Finding Aids Note

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Scope and Content Note

Some key themes that Hayes discusses in this history are: being Irish in the navy ; racial dynamics of the navy; and being Irish in the NYPD and working in Harlem.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 80 minutes long, on 1 CD. The interview took place in Bellerose Terrace, New York, on March 9, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Mar 9, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Hayes, Thomas

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is 1 hour, 22 minutes, and 11 seconds long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in San Francisco, on June 2, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Historical/Biographical Note

Thomas F. Hayes (b. Co. Limerick, 1925, d. San Francisco, 2010) emigrated to California in 1949 and in 1958 started his own business there, Tom Hayes Plastering. He was a founding member of the All Ireland Social Club and the United Irish Cultural Club, as well as a longtime member of the San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association. He was appointed a Director of the Bay Area Rapid Transit by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto in 1974. He is the father of the San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes- White.

Jun 2, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 47 Hearn, Anne

Historical/Biographical Note

Anne Hearn (b. Co. Longford, Ireland, 1943) emigrated to the United States in 1961 and began working at Verizon Communications until she retired in 1997. She is very involved in both the Longford Association and the United Irish Counties Association of New York.

Mar 31, 2012
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Heffernan, Eileen Reilly

Historical/Biographical Note

Eileen Reilly Heffernan (b. Bronx, New York, 1962), a former member of the Peace Corps, has taught in Washington State and in the Bronx. She is the daughter of Eileen Reilly Mescall.

Jun 17, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 48 Henchy, Seamus

Historical/Biographical Note

Seamus Henchy (b. Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland, 1954) came to the United States in 1983 and has established a niche business in New York managing museum and gallery renovations.

Apr 23, 2013
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Higgins, Brigid

Historical/Biographical Note

Brigid Higgins (b. Loughrea, Co. Galway, 1935), a former Dominican nun and New York City school teacher, emigrated to America twice: at age 9 and at age 53. She lived in Ireland between 1972-88, then returned to New York where she completed her MA in Education at Manhattan College in 1992 and became a bedside educator for Memorial Sloane Kettering.

May 5, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Hurley, Patrick

Other Finding Aids Note

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Patrick Hurley (b. Wellington, New Zeland, 1962), raised in County Cork, was a member of the New Irish generation who found himself in New York City in the 1980s as an "illegal" alien with few options to succeed in America without proper documentation. Along with a core group of partners, he helped to found the Irish Immigration Reform Movement in 1987 and lobbied successfully to change immigration law in the US with the passage of the Immigration Act of 1990 HR-4300 which granted thousands of non-preference visas to immigrants considered unfairly disadvantaged by previous legislation, many of whom were Irish.

Oct 31, 2007

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