In the early 19th century, the Irish arrived in Cleveland in search of opportunity. Construction on the Ohio and Erie Canal in 1825 attracted many Irish seeking employment. After the canals were completed, many who survived grueling labor conditions left northeastern Ohio, but others became dockworkers and shipbuilders. The Irish who made Cleveland home impacted the city significantly. The Roman Catholic Church became a mainstay for Irish immigrants, and parochial schools offered Irish youth an education steeped in faith and knowledge. Irish pride is evident by enthusiastic participation in clubs, festivals, cultural organizations, and public service. Irish Americans are now one of the largest and most active of the many ethnic groups represented in Cleveland, as demonstrated by the much-anticipated and well-attended annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
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About the Author
Judith Cetina is a certified archivist and the president of the board of directors for the Case Western Reserve University History Associates. John Myers is a board member of the Irish American Archives Society, a delegate to the Cleveland United Irish Societies, and active in many other organizations. This project has sought out the historical riches of the Cleveland Public Library, the Cleveland Memory Project, and the Diocese of Cleveland archives to illustrate the story of the Irish in Cleveland.