A Brief History of the Irish in Minnesota


1839

The entire body of an Irish-born sergeant, John Hays, washes up in the Mississippi—St. Paul’s initially recorded murder. Henry Sibley, then justice of the peace, arrests another Irishman, Edward Phelan, a violent Fort Snelling military buddy. But he dodges conviction.


1861

Just after emigrating with his dad and mom from Kilkenny in 1852, John Ireland gets to be ordained in St. Paul and serves as chaplain in the Civil War with the Fifth Minnesota, a typically Irish regiment.


1867

James J. Hill marries Mary Theresa Mehegan, a devout Irish Catholic who went to university with John Ireland’s sisters. The Protestant railroad baron demonstrates a preference for employing Irish contractors even though setting up his Good Northern line.


1881 

Bishop Ireland settles countless numbers of Irish on land together the Good Northern. But when a colony of 24 Gaelic-speaking family members at Graceville runs into the wintergeddon of ’80-eighty one, they’re forced to migrate to the “Connemara Patch,” a slum on St. Paul’s east facet.


1882 

Oscar Wilde, carrying purple silk velvet and 1 white child glove, appears in the Metropolitan areas for two lectures on art. The press mock his dandyism, with the Tribune’s overview entitled “An ‘Ass-Thete.’”


1888

Ignatius Donnelly, a populist pol with a kiss of the blarney, follows up his ebook on Atlantis with a treatise suggesting Bacon was the authentic Shakespeare.


1900 

“The Significant Fellow” John O’Connor gets to be St. Paul’s chief of law enforcement and institutes “the O’Connor Layover Arrangement.” Gangsters (Ma Barker, John Dillinger) get momentary amnesty in exchange for asserting their arrival—and paying a significant bribe.


1915

Archbishop Ireland celebrates the initially mass at his nearly finished copper-domed cathedral on top rated of St. Anthony Hill, in St. Paul. Even so, in a problem match for HGTV, the building drags on (and on) until eventually 1940.


1928

8 a long time just after O’Connor’s loss of life allows stop the corrupt law enforcement layover system, his longtime fixer, infamous Green Lantern owner “Dapper” Dan Hogan, expires of natural will cause. No, wait: It was a vehicle bomb.


1932

William Mahoney wins the mayorship of St. Paul, inaugurating a forty-yr Irish dynasty. 9 of the following 10 mayors will be Irish, with names like Fallon, McDonough, Delaney, Byrne, and McCarty.


1935 

Back in Galway, former Connemara Patch refugee Éamon a Búrc gives an oral record to the Irish Folklore Fee. Though Búrc’s entire body has been wrecked by his labor on the Northern line, his memory is astounding. Búrc’s accounts of verse and legends fill more than two,000 pages.


1958

Eugene McCarthy gets to be the initially Catholic elected to the U.S. Senate. His dedication to Catholic social justice and his principled opposition to the Vietnam War will profoundly impression the ’68 presidential election.


1970

Jim Beattie, a 6’9″ Irish boxer from St. Paul, will get in the ring with James Earl Jones in The Good White Hope. The movie—about the media’s desperate look for for a white contender—is a minor on the (broken) nose.


1975

Three a long time just after his loss of life, F. Scott Fitzgerald finally comes to relaxation in the loved ones plot in Rockville, MD. The exhumed remains of Fitz and spouse Zelda transfer from the Protestant Rockville Union Cemetery, to be reinterred at the Catholic St. Mary’s.


1995

The moment the question boy artistic director of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, Joe Dowling replaces Garland Wright as Advert of the Guthrie. Dowling sticks all over for two a long time and prospects the theater to a gleaming new spaceship/IKEA outlet on the West Lender.


1999

Gov. Jesse Ventura goes off script through his appearance on the Late Display with David Letterman. “Whoever built the streets should have been drunk,” the Physique suggests of St. Paul. “I believe it was these Irish guys—you know what they like to do.”


2011

Empire-creating restaurateur Kieran Folliard calculates how significantly Jameson he’s pouring and concludes he must just market his have whiskey. He names the things two Gingers, but then, to comply with dated liquor guidelines, should market off his pubs.


2015 

Just after beginning at the TC Reader, having difficulties with coke, sobering up, and   starring at The New York Periods, David Carr is buried at St. Ignatius Loyola, in NY. But his old Reader editor Brian Lambert and corporation throw a proper Irish wake again household at Liquor Lyle’s.