This website grew from a University of Cincinnati Honors Program seminar, “The Irish in America,” in coordination with the Archives & Rare Books Library. The focus is on the history and the living heritage of the Irish in Cincinnati and is designed to be a sustainable and informative site that is a collaborative effort between archivists, students, scholars, and the general public.

Category Culture & Behavior

Balancing of Traditions and the Calendar

By: Lauren Higginbotham
Leap Year is a 2010 film, starring Amy Adams as Anna Brady, and Matthew Goode as Declan O’Callaghan.  Frustrated with her long time boyfriend’s lack of a marriage proposal, Anna decides to travel to Dublin and propose to… Continue Reading →

The Prevalence of Mental Illness in Irish Americans: The Three Theories

By: Michelle Casey
Depression. Alcoholism.  Schizophrenia.  Just a few of the mental illnesses that rage through the Irish American and Irish communities, yet the Irish will barely utter the terms themselves.  Why is it that such a stereotypically cheery and happy… Continue Reading →

Tapping into Hearts and History

By: Dominique DiFalco
Growing up, one of my biggest dreams was to be a professional dancer. I attended classes until I was about six-years-old for tap and ballet and my best friend was an Irish dancer as well. It wasn’t until… Continue Reading →

The Forgotten Female Voice

By: Rachel Forsythe
Throughout my life, I’ve always had a deep appreciation for poetry.  It amazes me how poets can express complex emotions, themes, and metaphors in just a few stanzas.  As Voltaire once said “Poetry is the music of the… Continue Reading →

Is Slagging for America?

By: Kelly Schmitz
Slagging is a term used to describe a kind of harsher form of teasing.  While this may seem like an insult to some, to the Irish, it’s considered a behavior that shows affection or bonding, and, in some… Continue Reading →

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