Geoffrey Cobb's Blog – March 2021 Archive (7)

John Quinn, The Irish American Patron of Genius

The life and accomplishments of John Quinn are so improbable that if they were fiction no one would believe them. The son of a baker from a small town in Ohio, Quinn, by the time of his untimely death in 1924 at the age of 54, had not only amassed the greatest collection of…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 27, 2021 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Lucy Burns, Fighter for Women's Suffrage

December 22nd, 2020, marked the 121st birthday of heroic women’s rights fighter Lucy Burns. Today, few remember Burns and take a woman’s right to vote for granted, forgetting that a century ago women were denied this basic American freedom. They also forget that women like Burns were imprisoned…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 3, 2021 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Patrick Gilmore, The 'Father of the American Band'

Ever wonder who started the tradition of welcoming in the new year in Times Square? Well, it was a Famine Irish immigrant, Galway man Patrick Gilmore who was the most well-known Irish immigrant of his day and a famous person, but today sadly, Gilmore and his contributions to American music are…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 3, 2021 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Kathleen Daly Clarke (1878- 1972): Dublin’s First Female Mayor

Like many women deserving of greater recognition, Kathleen Daly Clarke is often overshadowed by her famous husband, Thomas, one of the men who proclaimed the Irish Republic and was shot by the British for their role in the Dublin Rising of 1916; however, without his wife, Thomas Clarke would never have…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 2, 2021 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Calvary Cemetery -- Historic Resting Place of the New York Irish

Driving out of frenzied Manhattan heading out over the 59th Street Bridge and through the congested highway traffic east into Queens, the dense urban landscape is suddenly broken up by a jarring sight- an immense sea of green. Coming closer, the driver, who sees a vast number of gravestones and…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 2, 2021 at 9:00pm — No Comments

An Irish-American Family's Huge Sacrifices in World War I

I have lived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for decades, yet somehow I was oblivious to the fact that McCarren Park has a Nulty Square. Knowing that Nulty was an Irish name, I became curious about the person’s identity and uncovered a long-forgotten story of a family of Irish-American heroes and their grieving…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 2, 2021 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Martin Sheridan NYPD Cop, Olympic Gold Medalist and Pandemic Victim

(Above: Celtic Park where Sheridan and other Irish American athletes trained.)

It is easy to think that we are in new territory with the pandemic, but a century ago, New York City was also gripped by a pandemic, the dreaded Spanish Influenza that killed 20 to 50 million people worldwide. Here in the U.S we lost by some…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 2, 2021 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

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