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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

Container List

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Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 38 Landigan, Rosemary

Historical/Biographical Note

Rosemary Landigan (b. New York, New York, 1935), the daughter of immigrants from County Armagh who met in New York at the Armagh Ball, was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Her father was a publican and one of the founders of the County Armagh Pipe and Drum Band. She made her first trip to Ireland in 1936 and her second trip in 1950.

Jan 22, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 39 Lang, Danny
Dec 13, 2006
Box: 2 Folder : 40 Lavery, Bobby

Biographical Note

Bobby Lavery (b. Belfast, Co. Antrim, Ireland, 1948), is a former political prisoner at Long Kesh and elected Sinn Fein representative for North Belfast. He emigrated with his American-born wife to San Francisco, CA, in 2000. Before its demise, he worked in Development for the New College of California.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 90 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in San Francisco, California, on June 3, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Jun 3, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 41 Laverty, Charles (two interviews)

Biographical Note

Charles A. Laverty (b. Moy, Co. Tyrone, Ireland, 1930), is a journalist and retired reserve member of the U.S. Army Special Forces. He emigrated to New York in 1948. Active in Irish Republican circles thereafter, he served as President of the New York Irish History Roundtable from 2003–2007.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. The interview is 1 hour, 14 minutes, and 41 seconds long, on 1 CD. The interview took place over two sessions in New York City, on October 16, 2009 and February 19, 2010, and the interviewer was Marion Casey.

Oct 16, 2009-Feb 19, 2010
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_30 Lawless, Anne

Lawless, Anne: 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

Anne Lawless was born in 1949 in Galway, County Galway, Ireland.  She graduated from University College Galway in 1971. She married in 1971 and has four children.  She immigrated to the United States in 1998.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Anne Lawless's home in Chicago, Illinois on November 21, 2014.  The interview covers Lawless's childhood, life in Ireland, and her life in the United States (US). Lawless discusses her family, her education, and her decision to  attend a boarding school. She recounts her experiences at University College Galway between 1967 and 1971, and discusses meeting her husband in 1970. She discusses the jobs her husband held, the fact that she worked in the home until her children had left home, and the fact that she enjoyed working behind the bar in their pubs in Galway.  She also discusses her and her husband's decision to immigrate to the US in 1998, her children's professions, and her opinion of Galway at the time of the interview.

2014
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_28 Lawless, Billy

Lawless, Billy: 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

Billy Lawless was born in 1950 in Galway, County Galway, Ireland.  He married in 1971. He immigrated to the United States in 1998.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Billy Lawless's home in Chicago, Illinois on November 21, 2014.  Lawless's wife, Anne Lawless, participates in the interview. The interview covers Lawless's early life in Ireland, his working life, and his political activity.  Lawless describes his parents and grandparents, and their working lives. He recounts stories from his childhood, including distributing milk with his father in Galway.  He discusses different fields in which he worked before his immigration to the United States, including farming, forestry, and hospitality. He discusses his work in immigration reform, his introduction to the topic, and his opinion on President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

2014
Box: 4 Folder : 53 Lawlor, Margaret (Cis)

Historical/Biographical Note

Margaret "Cis" Lawlor (b. Co. Offaly, Ireland, 1920) remembers her paternal grandparents sharing their memories of surviving the Famine when growing up in Co. Offaly. She emigrated to the United States for the first time in 1948 and then returned to Ireland in 1954. After coming back to the US in October 1954, she raised her family in Manhattan and in Elmhurst, Queens.

Feb 9, 2012
Box: 4 Folder : 54 Lawlor, Tom

Historical/Biographical Note

Tom Lawlor (b. Shanahoe, Co. Laois, Ireland, 1941) was a member of the Co. Laois association of New York. He retired from the New York Police Department and moved to Ireland.

Jul 30, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 55 Leddy, Mary

Historical/Biographical Note

Mary Leddy (b. Co. Cavan, Ireland, 1947) has worked in major hotels in the US and Ireland and is now theConcierge at the Harvard Club of New York.

Sep 5, 2013
Box: 2 Folder : 42 Leonard, Pat

Historical/Biographical Note

Pat Leonard (b. Manhattan, New York, 1944), the daughter of immigrants from Co. Kerry, grew up in the Inwood section of Manhattan. She lived in the Bronx and in Boston before settling in New Jersey with her husband and children.

Jul 21, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 43 Leonard, Peggy

Historical/Biographical Note

Peggy Leonard (b. West Babylon, New York, 1941), the daughter of immigrants from Arklow, Co. Wicklow, grew up in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. Her father was the long-time proprietor of O'Neill's Bar & Grill (now operating as Moran's) in Chelsea, a popular eating establishment for longshoremen for many decades.

May 19, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 56 Long, George

Historical/Biographical Note

George Long (b. New York, New York, 1940) is the son of Irish immigrant parents from Arklow, Co. Wicklow, and he grew up in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. He worked on the Chelsea Piers as a longshoreman in his teens, but then moved on to become Vice-President of a prominent New York City bank before his retirement. He retired with his wife, Bonny, to Belle Harbor, New York.

Related Archival Materials

Joe Long Oral History Collection (AIA 070)

Mar 27, 2012
Box: 4 Folder : 57 Long, Joseph

Historical/Biographical Note

Joseph Long (b. New York, New York, 1952) is the son of Irish immigrant parents from Arklow, Co. Wicklow and grew up in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. He spent his career in management with United Technologies and Otis Elevator. He has a Master's Degree in Irish and Irish-American Studies from Glucksman Ireland House, New York University.

Related Archival Materials

Joseph Long Oral History Collection (AIA 070)

Apr 21, 2012
Box: 4 Folder : 58 Long, Veronica (Bunny)

Historical/Biographical Note

Veronica "Bunny" Long (b. Bronx, New York, 1943) is the granddaughter of Irish immigrants from Co. Tyrone. She grew up in the Bronx and married George Long.

Mar 27, 2012
Box: 2 Folder : 44 Loughran, Erin

Historical/Biographical Note

Erin Loughran (b. Englewood, New Jersey, 1988), an All Ireland champion on the fiddle who was the 2011 New York Rose of Tralee, is the daughter of the Irish musicians Margie Mulvihill (a Bronx native) and Frank Loughran from of Co. Tyrone. She earned a B.A. in Irish Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and teaches music throughout New York and New Jersey.

Jun 29, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 45 Lynch, Danny; Kissane, Pat; Keane, Chris; Brosnan, Sean
Oct 24, 2006
Box: 4 Folder : 59 Lynch, James

Historical/Biographical Note

Dr. James Lynch (b. Queens, New York, 1965) is the only child of postwar Cavan immigrants. He grew up in Elmhurst, Queens, surrounded by extended family on both his father's and mother's sides. Having attended Catholic schools, he attended medical school and specialized in psychiatry. He watched in horror from his Brooklyn Heights office as the Twin Towers crumbled on 9/11. He is married to an Irish-American and has two children. Dr. Lynch is often consulted in cases related to sexual abuse in Ireland.

Apr 27, 2012
Box: 2 Folder : 46 Lynch, Jimmy
Nov 9, 2006
Box: 2 Folder : 47 Lynch, Thomas

Historical/Biographical Note

Thomas Lynch (b. Detroit, Michigan, 1948) is an author and undertaker. He has published several books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction including Skating with Heather Grace (1987),  Grimalkin and Other Poems (1994),  The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade (1997) and  Apparition and Late Fictions (2010). He has been running his family funeral home in Michigan since 1974.

Nov 16, 2010
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_83 Lyons, Martin

Lyons, Martin: 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

Martin Lyons was born in 1936 in Cashel, County Galway, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States in 1959. He was a co-founder and first chairman for the state of New York for the American Congress for Irish Freedom and a co-founder and first chairman of the Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID).

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan at Martin Lyons's home in Prattsville, New York on August 21, 2014. The interview covers Lyons's early life in Ireland, his life in the United States (US), and his participation in Irish republican organizations. Lyons discusses his father's and uncle's experiences during the Irish Civil War as members of the Third Western Battalion of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and his experiences growing up in a family involved in Irish republican politics. He discusses his immigration to the US in 1959, his decision to settle in New York City, and his working life in the city. He discusses his introduction to the IRA in New York City and the organization of the IRA in the US. He discusses his introduction to George Harrison in New York City, the difference between the IRA in the late 1950s and in the 1970s, and the work of Lyons and others to revive the interest in Irish civil rights in the US. He discusses his work with others to establish the American Congress for Irish Freedom and the Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID) and his work as the chairman of both organizations. Throughout the interview, he recounts stories of his experiences in these and other Irish American republican organizations, and his experiences with members of these groups from the 1960s through the 1980s. He discusses his identity as Irish and Irish American, and his children's identity as Irish Americans.

2014
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_50 Lyons, Siobhan

Lyons, Siobhan: 2015-   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

Siobhan Lyons was born in 1973 in Killowen Grange, County Down, Northern Ireland. Lyons graduated from the University of London with a bachelor's degree in Arabic. She married in 2004 and immigrated to the United States.  She moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2006 and became the program director for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. In 2015 she was the Executive Director at the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll on April 16, 2015 in the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. The interview contains Siobhan Lyons's early life and family history. She discusses her family's international moves due to her father's work for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. She recalls her interest in Arabic due to her father's posting in Saudi Arabia. She describes her visa application process from 2004 to 2007 and its effects on her job application process in the United States. Lyons describes her work with the senior citizens of Philadelphia as the Executive Director at the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia.

2015

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