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The Fifth Province: County Societies in Irish America

High Society

Link to the full photograph: Armagh, 1929. AIA NYU/Margaret Callaghan.

Armagh, 1929. AIA NYU/Margaret Callaghan.

Dedicated officers and members of the Irish county societies worked tirelessly to plan and implement every event, taking immense pride in the success of each. An annual ball was the most formal of all, especially that of the United Irish Counties Association. Beautiful gowns, tuxedos, fresh flowers, and a grand promenade were closer to high society than to anything most had ever experienced in Ireland. The ball spoke volumes about Irish self-confidence and, in conjunction with the parade and the Unted Irish Counties Association Feis, projected a dignified image of the Irish to New York City.

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