Anyone who wants to dive deeper into Irish history and culture than what they’ll find on tap at the local taverns Monday should check out the University of Cincinnati Archives and Rare Books Library’s new website featuring its rare Irish literature collection. UC Rare Books Library Head Archivist Kevin Grace, and UC Student Melissa Schirmer, who put the site together, give us a pre-St. Patrick’s Day primer on all things Irish.
Each year Ulster Project Cincinnati welcomes teens from Enniskillen, Northern Ireland to come here and stay with host families with teenagers. The local teens and those visiting from Northern Ireland are able to get to know each other, and learn to appreciate and respect their differences. Ulster Project Cincinnati Board President Jennifer King and two local teens who have participated in the Ulster Project, Lexi Hodge and Emilee Hollis, talk about their experiences.
Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, but Saturday at noon is the kick-off to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade through the streets of Cincinnati. While mostly known for our German heritage, Cincinnati has a long history of Irish influence through the generations. Mark Perzel is joined on the phone by Kevin Grace, head of the Archives and Rare Books Library at the University of Cincinnati, who has written Irish Cincinnati, a book detailing the impact and influence of the Irish during Cincinnati’s history.