Athol Historical Society hosts Daley’s ‘No Irish Need Apply’ program, Thursday, Oct. 10

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Published: 10/6/2019 9:39:09 PM

ATHOL — Athol Historical Society will present a program called “No Irish Need Apply” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Christopher Daley, a historian and author, will present the hour-long visual lecture and show.

“No Irish Need Apply” is a 90-minute slide lecture that examines facets of the early Irish experience in Boston.

The lecture begins with the story of the Irish brought over unwillingly as indentured servants in the mid 17th century. Daley will discuss migration of the Irish in 1718 — the arrival of the Scot-Irish or the “Ulster Irish” will be discussed. Next, he will explore the slow pre-famine trickle in the 1820s of Irish Catholic immigrants to Boston as well as the corresponding increase in anti Irish Catholic sentiment in Boston, beginning with notorious Pope’s Day celebrations.

Daley will discuss the burning of Charlestown’s Ursuline Convent in 1834 and the Broad Street Riot of 1837 and then examine the massive wave of immigration into Boston after the Great Potato Famine. Daley will consider the condition of new arrivals, neighborhoods they settled, how they banded together, kinds of work they did to survive, and their eventual assimilation into American culture.

Finally, Daley will present information about the rise of the Irish within the sphere of Boston politics and emergence of the ward boss. He will offer short vignettes on famous Irish political leaders such as Patrick Collins, Hugh O’Brien, Martin Lomasney, Patrick J. Kennedy, John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, and of course, the old “Rascal King” himself, James Michael Curley.

A teacher of history in Silver Lake Regional School System, Kingston, Daley recently released his book, “Murder and Mayhem in Boston: Historic Crimes in the Hub.” He lives in Wareham by Buzzard’s Bay with his wife, Cathy; their two dogs, Grady and Lincoln; and three cats, Bo, Chloe, and Penelope.

The public program will take place with admission at no charge in the Athol Historical Society building at 1307 Main St. The historical society will gratefully accept donations.

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