Hidden History of the Boston Irish: Little-Known Stories from Ireland's "Next Parish Over"

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Peter F. Stevens offers an entertaining and compelling portrait of the Irish immigrant saga and pays homage to the overlooked episodes of the Boston Irish experience. When it comes to Irish America, certain names spring to mind - Kennedy, O'Neill, and Curley testify to the proverbial "footsteps of the Gael" in Boston. However, few people know of Sister Mary Anthony O'Connell, whose medical prowess carried her from the convent to the Civil War battlefields, earning her the nickname "the Boston Irish Florence Nightingale," or of Barney McGinniskin, Boston's first Irish cop, who proudly roared at every roll call, "McGinniskin from the bogs of Ireland - present!" Along with acclaim or notoriety, many forgotten Irish Americans garnered numerous historical firsts.
ISBN: 9781596294509
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Series: Hidden History
Images: 48
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.375 (h)
Local writer Peter F. Stevens is the news and features editor of the Boston Irish Reporter and has written two books on Irish history—The Voyage of the Catalpa: A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels' Escape to Freedom, which was chosen as a Read Ireland Book of the Month, and The Rogue's March: John Riley and the St. Patrick's Battalion in the Mexican-American War, 1846–48.
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