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SAGE Lecture Presents Irish History in New Orleans

SAGE Lecture Presents Irish History in New Orleans

The McNeese State University spring SAGE series will continue with a lecture by historian Dr. Laura D. Kelley based on her book, “The Irish in New Orleans,” from 3-4 p.m. Monday, March 14, on the second floor of the McNeese SEED Center.  Irish in New Orleans book cover

Kelley will delve into the untold story of the influence the Irish had on the culture in New Orleans. The author introduces the reader to a hitherto untold story of one of America’s most historical cities - from Bloody O’Reilly in the 18th century to the great churches and charitable organizations built by the Irish Famine immigrants in the 19th century to the Irish-dominated politics of the 20th century, as well as Irish dance, music, food and sports.

A New York native, Kelley’s research was inspired by her own Irish lineage. She began formally studying the topic and would earn her doctorate from Tulane University in New Orleans, where she currently resides.

In addition to teaching history at Tulane, she is also the academic director of the university’s Summer in Dublin program and she serves on the board of Irish Network New Orleans.
Lectures are open to the public and cost is $65 for the series. For more information or to register, call 337-475-5616 or visit

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at