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Books about Cleveland and Cleveland Irish
Nelson Callahan's "Irish Americans and their Communities in Cleveland" is also available online from Cleveland State University's Library
Regarding books--novels--about Cleveland's Irish--how about "Millionaire's Row", a generational saga of the "Thornbirds" variety, set in Cleveland from the 1890's to the 1940's? It's usually available for a couple of bucks or less from some of the sellers who go through Amazon.com.
Another novel about Cleveland's Irish that I found enjoyable was "Whiskey Island" and the follow-up novel, "The Parting Glass" by Emilie Richards. The books are the story of the present day generation of the Donoghue family and their immigrant ancestors, Terrance and Lena Donoghue who lived on Cleveland's Whiskey Island. The books are an interesting look at the nineteenth and twenty-first century Cleveland and the struggles that the Irish endured.
Both books are available in the CLEVNET library system and on Amazon.com. Look for the used books for considerably less on Amazon. The main difference between the 2 novels about Cleveland's Irish is that "Whiskey Island" is set in the modern-day, and was very enjoyable. It concerns the lives of sisters who own a bar in the area around Whiskey Island, while "Millionaire's Row" is a generational saga--like a Cleveland version of "The Thornbirds"--which follows an Irish family from the 1890's to the 1940's in Cleveland. Both, in my humble opinion, belong on the bookshelf of any loyal Cleveland Irishman.
Books about the Irish and Migrating Irish
If you are interested in the experiences of those who left Ireland to migrate to the New World, suggest you read Chapter 6, 'The Irish,' in Walter Nugent's "Crossings: The Great Transatlantic Migration, 1870-1914." (Other nationalities are also described in other chapters.)
"The Law of Dreams" by Peter Behrens, centers on the life of a young boy
after his father dies during the Potato famine The child takes up with
bandits in Limrick and... This novel is available through the Cleveland Public Library/CLENET.
There are 8 copies available around the county, but, no close-by
suburban system has one.
Topic: anyone who is researching their Irish ancestors who resided in Cleveland Ohio, and surrounding areas.
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Other Irish Research Information:
National Archives of Ireland
1911 Census Search
IRISH LANGUAGE TRANSLATORS:
ONLINE English-Gaelic translators
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