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Guide to the Ireland House Oral History Collection AIA.030

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Rebecca Altermatt, Rachel Searcy

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 30, 2015
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

   , August 2012

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Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Cagney, Bridget

Biographical Note

Bridget Cagney (b. Cork, Co. Cork, 1937), is a retired program analyst for the Institute of International Education and member of “Point Thank You,” a post-9/11 support group in New York City.

Nov 8, 2006
Box: 4 Folder : 24 Caine, Rosemary

Historical/Biographical Note

Rosemary Caine (b. Ardee, Co. Louth, Ireland, 1945) is a Bunratty Castle banquet singer. She performs and directs her own theatrical productions in the United States and Ireland based on themes from Irish history.

Apr 29, 2013
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Callaghan, Margaret

Historical/Biographical Note

Margaret Callaghan (b. New York, New York, 1934, d. Queens, New York, 2012), the daughter of immigrants from County Armagh, was raised in Manhattan and later resided in Queens, New York. She worked as a dental assistant and was a longtime member and leader in the Armagh Association of New York.

Related Archival Materials

Margaret Callaghan Papers (AIA 059)

Aug 2, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Campbell, Colm

Biographical Note

Colm Campbell (b. 1935), is Executive Director of the New York Irish Center in Long Island City, former Director of the Irish Apostolate USA, and former Director of Youth Services for the Diocese of Down and Connor in Northern Ireland.

Nov 13, 2006
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Carey, Governor Hugh

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview took place on June 25, 2009, and the interviewer was Peter Quinn.

Other Finding Aid Note

A partial transcript of this interview has been created, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Hugh Carey (April 11, 1919-August 7, 2011) was an Irish American attorney, a seven-term United States Representative (1961-1974), and the 51st Governor of New York (1975-1982).

Jun 25, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Carey, Meghan

Historical/Biographical Note

Meghan Carey (b. Southfield, Michigan, 1989) was raised in Michigan by an Irish American father and a mother of Bermudian heritage. She moved to New York to attend New York University.

Apr 6, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Carr, Darrah

Historical/Biographical Note

Darrah Carr (b. Toledo, Ohio, 1974) is a dance professional who received her MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2005 she founded ModERIN, a dance company that combines traditional Irish step with contemporary modern dance. She is also the North American Editor of Dance Insider.

Apr 13, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Carroll, Martina

Biographical Note

Martina Carroll (b. Doolough, Geesala, Co. Mayo, c. 1920), the youngest of 11 children, emigrated to New York in the late 1940s. She married Bernard Carroll, who was the sexton of St. Patrick's Cathedral for fifty-six years, and raised three children (including Patrick Carroll and Mary Carroll French) in Stuyvesant Town on the east side of Manhattan.

Scope and Content Note

In this interview, Carroll discusses contact had been lost with eldest sister and when Martina came she met her for the first time (Track 2, at 7 mins she talks of meeting her sister for first time); her husband, who worked in St. Patrick’s Cathedral for 56 years; about being delighted that the Irish do not HAVE to emigrate from Ireland; and how she found leaving home very difficult.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 80 minutes long, on 1 CD. The interview took place on February 20, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Other Finding Aid Note

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

Feb 20, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Carroll, Patrick

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes long, on 3 CDs. The interview took place on April 7, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Biographical Note

Patrick Carroll (b. New York, New York, 1965) is 2nd generation Irish through his mother, Martina Carroll, and 3rd generation Irish through his father. He was raised in Manhattan's Stuyvesant Town. He is a Special Agent for the US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Apr 7, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Casey, Sr. Noreen

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 90 minutes long, on 1 CD. The interview took place on April 16, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Biographical Note

Sr. Noreen Casey (b. Knocknagree, County Cork, Ireland, 1920) is a Missionary Franciscan Sister, who spent her career in education and retired as a school principal in Savannah, Georgia.

Apr 16, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Cassidy, Daniel

Historical/Biographical Note

Daniel Cassidy (b. Brooklyn, New York, 1943, d. San Francisco, California, 2008) was a musician, author, labor activist, and teacher. He was the founder and co-director of the Irish Studies Program at the New College of California in San Francisco, CA. His book How the Irish Invented Slang: The Secret Language of the Crossroads won the American Book Award in 2007.

Scope and Content Note

In this oral history Cassidy, author and scholar, traces the link between his family history his involvement in Irish Studies, and the origins of his research which culminated in How the Irish Invented Slang. In a largely chronological manner, Cassidy starts by discussing his Brooklyn roots; his parents; his education; Vietnam; his battle with drugs and twenty-three month stay at Phoenix House; friendships with comedian George Carlin and musician Kenny Rankin; and the meaning of Irish identity. After starting off with a clear New York/East Coast focus, the narrative then shifts geographically to Cassidy’s life in California and most particularly in San Francisco. Topics like his writing (his screenplay, The Volunteer, was sold to Francis Ford Coppola), labor organizing, and his move into teaching are covered. Cassidy engages in a detailed discussion of language and slang, in the context of Irish American culture, with his long-time friend Peter Quinn, author of  Banished Children of Eve. Cassidy provides an insider’s perspective on the day JFK was assassinated as a rookie journalist in the newsroom of the  New York Times. The interview concludes with Cassidy emphasizing the extent to which Irish American scholarship awaits thorough excavation, by contending that immense research potential sits like ‘gold nuggets’ on the ground.

Danny Cassidy was interviewed in his home in San Francisco on July 20, 2008 by Peter Quinn. This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. It is 148 minutes and 49 seconds long, on three CDs, and has been logged at five minute intervals.

Other Finding Aid Note

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

Jun 20, 2008
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Clancy, Cummin

Biographical Note

Cummin Clancy (b. Oughterard, County Galway, Ireland, 1922) is an insurance broker with the firm of Clancy and Clancy Brokerage Ltd. in Garden City, New York. A former Olympic athlete (1948 Games in London), he is the founder of the Long Island Chapter of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 80 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place on April 29, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Other Finding Aid Note

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

Apr 29, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Clancy, Liam

Biographical Note

Liam Clancy (b. Carrick-On-Suir, County Tipperary, Ireland, 1935, d. Cork, County Cork, Ireland, 2009), musician, vocalist, and youngest member of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, a folk supergroup which revolutionized Irish traditional music in the United States. He published his memoir The Mountain of the Women in 2001.

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 on March 29, 2009, at the Washington Square Hotel, 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 29, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 25 Cody, Rena

Historical/Biographical Note

Rena Cody (b. Templemore, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, 1952), co-founder of the Irish Immigration Center in Boston, she worked at Neponset Health Center. She returned to Ireland in 1993 and works as a local government Social Exclusion Officer.

Jul 26, 2013
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Collins, John

Historical/Biographical Note

John P. Collins (b. Manhattan, New York, 1939), the son of immigrants from Co. Limerick, has been a judge for the New York City Criminal Court since 1978. He received his B.S. from Fordham University and his J.D. from New York University. In the 1960s he was active in the movement to counter restrictions on emigration from Ireland.

Apr 5, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Conlon, Ray
Aug 24, 2010
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Connolly, Marie

Biographical Note

Marie Connolly (b. New York, 1935), raised in County Longford, Ireland, from the age of two, she returned to Astoria, NY as a teenager in 1949. She later worked in admissions for the Berkeley School and the Wood School in Manhattan before raising three children on Long Island.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 100 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in Wantagh, NY, on February 26, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Jun 23, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 26 Conway, Kevin

Historical/Biographical Note

Kevin Conway (b. Manchester, England, 1966) grew up near Manchester, UK, where his parents had emigrated in the 1950s. The family returned to Finny, Co. Galway in 1981. He came to the United States in 1988, and again in 1990, married an American wife in 1991, and heads the imaging Research Laboratory at Massachussetts General Hospital.

May 25, 2013
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Cook, Terri Connolly

Other Finding Aids Note

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

Scope and Content Note

The interview with Terri Connolly Cook touches on several themes, including: being an Irish Catholic woman in corporate America; 9/11 and Irish terrorism; claddagh rings found after 9/11; Irish America and being Democrat-(‘we were all raised to be democrats’) and the move to Republican party; Obama and the younger generation; and JFK.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PCM660. The interview is approximately 110 minutes long. The interview took place in New York on October 20, 2008, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Biographical Note

Terri Connolly Cook (b. New York, New York, 1942), retired fashion industry executive, grew up in the Mott Haven and Bedford Park sections of the Bronx, New York. The daughter of 1920s immigrants, she curated the 2008 photo exhibition “The Monaghan Society in New York” at the Monaghan County Museum in Ireland.

Oct 30, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 27 Cooke, Caitriona

Historical/Biographical Note

Caitriona Cooke (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1951) was a schoolteacher in Ireland who re-trained as a conservation consultant in Boston, specializing in energy efficiency systems for buildings.

May 25, 2013
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Corcoran, Sr. Eileen

Historical/Biographical Note

Eileen Corcoran of the Sisters of St. Dominic (b. Bronx, New York, 1941), the daughter of Irish immigrants from Counties Donegal and Cork, was raised in the Parkchester section of the Bronx. Through her vocation with the Dominican sisters, she has worked on creating art retreats, fundraising, and teaching religious and physical education, most recently at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Centerport, New York.

Jul 14, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Costello, Frank

Biographical Note

Frank Costello (b. Newark, New Jersey, 1955) is Director of Costello Associates in Belfast, a firm that promotes community development investment in Ireland and the U.S. Born in Newark, NJ, he attended boarding school at St. Mary’s College, Galway, while a teenager, later earning a Ph.D. from Boston College in 1992. He is the author of The Irish Revolution and its Aftermath 1916–1923: Years of Revolt (2002).

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 3 hours long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in Newark, NJ, on April 9, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Apr 9, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Cronacher, Lola Lee

Historical/Biographical Note

Lola Lee Cronacher (b. Floral Park, New York, 1934) is a retired school teacher. Raised in Hollis, Queens, her mother was from Tralee, Co. Kerry and her father was an Irish American from Brooklyn.

Feb 15, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Crotty, Paul

Scope and Content Note

Some of the topics this interview covers include: Buffalo Irish; Crotty's grandparents, who were immigrants from Clare, his dad, a lawyer, and he is a judge; Irishness, Catholicism, Democrats; worldview of Irish Catholics when he was coming up; how all Irish Catholic communities had a similar make-up (which he noticed when he went to Notre Dame); and Ireland and poverty.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 120 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in New York City on March 10, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Historical/Biographical Note

Paul Crotty (b. Buffalo, New York, 1941), US District Court Justice for the Southern District of New York, was raised in Buffalo, New York. He is the grandson of immigrants from Co. Clare and a former partner in the law firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine.

Mar 10, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Culhane, Noreen M.

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.

Scope and Content Note

The interview is approximately 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 40 seconds long. The interview took place on December 7, 2006, and the interviewers were Lorraine Saxton and Marion R. Casey.

Historical/Biographical Note

Noreen M. Culhane (b. Bronx, New York, 1950) is an Executive Vice President at the New York Stock Exchange and the 1970 New York Rose of Tralee.

Dec 7, 2006
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Cullen, Fr. Daniel

Biographical Note

Father Daniel Cullen (b. Larne, County Antrim, Ireland, 1920) served in the Society of African Missions (SMA) for more than sixty years. He worked in Liberia and then, for nineteen years, as a fundraiser for the SMA in the United States.

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

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is on 2 CDs. The interview took place in Tenafly, NJ, on May 6, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

May 6, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 28 Cullen, James

Historical/Biographical Note

James Cullen (b. Astoria, New York, 1945) was born in New York but stayed with relatives in Co. Offaly for some time as a child. The son of Irish immigrants from Cos. Offaly and Roscommon, he has had a long career in law and was elected as the first President of the Brehon Law Society n 1978. He is a retired brigadier general in the United States Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps, and was involved in the movement to ban the use of torture by the United States after the Abu Ghraib abuses were brought to light.

Dec 9, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 29 Cullen, Kevin

Historical/Biographical Note

Kevin Cullen (b. Malden, MA, 1958) is a Pulitzer Prize- winning Boston Globe journalist who has reported on immigration, Northern Ireland, and the Whitey Bulger case. He also contributes to Irish radio NewsTalkFM.

Oct 18, 2013
Box: 4 Folder : 30 Cullimore, John

Historical/Biographical Note

John Cullimore (b. Wexford Town, Co. Wexford, Ireland, 1959) established a successful painting/renovation company specializing in the rehabilitation of Victorian homes in Cambridge, MA; returned to Ireland in 1996.

Jul 27, 2013
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Cunningham, Joseph

Historical/Biographical Note

Joseph Cunningham (b. Crusheen, Co. Clare, Ireland, 1912) emigrated to New York in 1929 and played accordion for sixty years with the Joe Cunningham Band. He raised five children in Yonkers.

Mar 28, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Curran, Sean

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

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 150 minutes long, on 3 CDs. The interview took place in New York on March 18, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Historical/Biographical Note

Sean Curran (b. Boston, Massachusetts, 1961) a modern dancer and choreographer, is the son of immigrants from Counties Cork and Roscommon. A former Irish step dancer, lead dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and cast member of Stomp!, he founded the Sean Curran Company in New York in 1997.

Mar 28, 2009

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