Local Irish History Links
The Irish American Archives Society has begun to develop essays and displays about aspects of the history of the Irish in Cleveland and will continue to add to these topics as resources permit.
The Irish and The Angle
Cleveland Women and Irish Nationalism
The Irish and "Detroit-Shoreway"
A History of the GAA in Cleveland
A GAA Timeline in Cleveland
The McCart Street Gange by Jim Dubelko
Prominent Lay Burials in St. John Cemetery
Pioneer Irish Priests of the Early Cleveland Catholic Diocese
A WWII Navy Chaplain: Fr. Francis McManus
Ghosts of the Civil War by Ken Callahan Jr.
An Irishman in the American Civil War by J.C. Sullivan
St. Patrick's Cemetery by Peggy Calvey Patton
The Irish and the Ohio and Erie Canal
A History of the Irish Cultural Garden
Irish Funeral Home Directors
Johnny Kilbane, Featherweight Champion 1912-1923
The Irish and the Civil War
Cleveland Memory Project Links
The Special Collections Department of the Library of Cleveland State University maintains a Cleveland Memory Project website which contains many resources relating to the history of the Irish in Cleveland-online exhibitions, photographs from the Cleveland Press Collection, and electronic copies of out-of-print books and hard-to-find pamphlets on topics of local history. These online publications include:
The Irish American and Their Communities in Cleveland
Volunteers: The first 75 years of the West Side Irish American Club
Buried Treasure: Irishtown Bend Artifacts
Cleveland Historical Tours
Cleveland Historical, a website and "app" developed by the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University, offers history-themed walking tours of Cleveland neighborhoods and sites. Many of the tours are focused on Irish topics and were developed by Cleveland historian Jim Dubelko. Click here, clevelandhistorical.org/tours/show/6#.VqHOpVm_uIc for a listing of Irish topics, which include Ohio and Erie Canal, Whiskey Island, The McCart Street Gang, St. Colman Catholic Church, Irish Cultural Garden, St. Augustine Church, Kilbane Town, Black Jack McGinty, The House that Brass Built, and Cleveland's Circulation War. New topics and tours are frequently added.
Other Useful Links
Click here to open "A history of Catholicity in northern Ohio". The book will allow you to research your turn-of-the-century ancestors in the biographies of prominent Catholic Clevelanders ca. 1903.
Former Clevelanders William and Josephine Masterson have spent many years transcribing and publishing census, baptismal and other records pertaining primarily to Achill and Burrishoole Parishes in County Mayo.
Their publications are available locally in the Library of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Local family history buff Bernie McCafferty has contracted with William and Josephine Masterson to convert and sell several
of their volumes in a CD format. Click here for information about the Masterson CD project.
Visit www.johnnykilbane.com to find out more about featherweight boxing champion Johnny Kilbane. The site, which is maintained by Kilbane's great-grandson Kevin O'Toole, contains, photos, stories, family history, and more.