Irish

The music and dancers, the food and the beer, all of it part of the annual Dayton Celtic Festival

Provided, UC Archives and Rare Books Library

  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.

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.