New York Stories
© 2000 Archives of Irish America
Dedicated to the memory of Paul O’Dwyer (1907–1998)
New York Stories is a series of twentieth century vignettes about the New York Irish community. Through it we glimpse what it was like to be a young live-in domestic servant in Manhattan in 1930; the political style of Mayor William O’Dwyer and his brother, Paul; the publicity techniques used by the United Irish Counties Association to promote its annual Feis (music and dance festival); reaction to the 1950 visit of Northern Ireland Prime Minister Sir Basil Brooke; the largesse of writer Brendan Behan; and the men and women behind the Irish Institute of New York, a philanthropic group that marked its fiftieth anniversary in 2000. New York Stories is drawn from videotaped oral histories with four women who knew that community intimately:
Dorothy Hayden Cudahy (interviewed 7 March 1999), first woman Grand Marshall of the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade and long-time host of the radio program Irish Memories
Rosaleen Cahill FitzGibbon (16 January 2000), renowned hostess of the Irish Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair and later on East 57th Street in Manhattan
Rita McLaughlin FitzPatrick (interviewed 14 January 2000), soprano and veteran organizer of the United Irish Counties Association Feis
Kathleen Bergin Mulvey (interviewed 7 March 1999), first woman president of the Irish Institute and the force behind the Co. Carlow Society
- Produced and Directed by Marion R. Casey.
- Video & Editing by Patrick Mullins
- “Waltz of Kilmanjaro” by Regan Wick on Celtic Thunder, “Hard New York Days” © 1995 Rego Irish Records & Tapes
- Made possible by a grant from the Irish Institute of New York, Inc.
Glucksman Ireland House, NYU February–May 2001
This virtual exhibit uses nearly 200 direct quotations from the American print media as well as approximately 50 images drawn from archival material produced by the Irish American community during the 1981 Hunger Strikes in Northern Ireland.