Missouri  Irish

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St. Louis

  1. The Kerry Patch

  2. John Mullanphy

  3. The Murphy Wagon

  4. Early Settlement

  5. Famine Irish

Kansas City

  1. -Fr. Bernard Donnelly

  2. -Early Work Crews

  3. -Pendergast

  4. -Goats & Rabbits

  5. -The First Parade

The Irish Wilderness

  1. -What it was

  2. -Father Hogan

  3. -The Land Chosen

  4. -The Settlement

  5. -Abandonment

  6. -Names of the Families

  These entries are based upon the information I uncovered while writing the first book on the Irish in Missouri.  I covered the whole state, and the largest chapters went to St. Louis Irish , Kansas City Irish,  The Irish Wilderness, and Joseph Murphy who was the creator of the Murphy wagon. 

The book led to the creation of our Missouri Irish broadcast.  We have also collected a number of oral histories on the Irish in Missouri our podcast series.

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  I try to keep a running tab on Irish groups in Missouri. Those below are taken from the ‘Missouri Irish’ Book which I wrote in 1984 and expanded in 2007.  We welcome any additions and updates, which are constant in the community.  I also note the Missouri Celtic Arts Newsletter which is online.

       Some Kansas City Irish of Note Today

                      K. C. Irish groups I am most familiar with:

The St. Patricks Day Parade, now in its 34th year, is still held on St. Patricks Day itself, with only a minor interruption of that tradition at one point. www.KCirishparade.com  (smaller local parades such as the North Kansas City Snake Saturday parade are held as well).

  The Kansas City Irish Fest will hold its 5th festival, combining the smaller local festivals of Brookside and Westport. Some 69,000 were in attendance in 2006. (Labor Day weekend - 2007).   www.kcirishfest.com

  The Celtic Fringe was established in 1994 to provide networking and support for people in transition locating from European celtic countries to the Kansas City area. It remains active today. www.Celticfringe.org

  Ancient Order of Hibernians, Fr. Donnelly Division #1 Kansas, founded in May 2002, and brings back the AOH presence in Kansas. It joins the AOH Padraig Pearse Division 1 in K.C., Missouri of long standing. The latter sponsors a radio show on Sundays.  www.KSAOH.org

  The Irish-American Club of Shawnee; Irish Northern Aid; the local Emerald Society;  and the two Ladies AOH divisions are active.

  Brownes Irish Market and Deli * remains the oldest business in Kansas City and the oldest Irish business in North America, as confirmed by the Irish Trade Board. June 16, 2007 was their 120th anniversary street fair.

IrishKC is an extensive page on the internet  at www.Irishkc.com

  The Irish American Cultural Center has retired from view and the Irish Museum and Cultural Center * had a grand opening on March 17, 2007. www.Irishmuseum.org

  The Irish Roots Cafe created the first broadcast series on the History of the Irish in Kansas City in 2007.  They also created the worlds first weekly podcast on Irish genealogy and culture in 2006. These are available on iTunes, or listen directly by going to: www.Irishrootscafe.com  

The Midwest Irish Focus * newspaper is a regional monthly, based in K.C.. 'The Shamrock' newspaper and 'Irish Life' newspaper have passed.

  The Irish Genealogical Foundation is now the leading publisher of Irish family heritage works. Founded in K.C. in 1978. www.Irishroots.com

Sheehan's Irish Imports *, the largest in Kansas City, has expanded to 4,000 square feet of space !  www.Sheehansirish.com

  1. *interviewed on the Missouri Irish podcast series.

          Some St. Louis Irish of Note Today

Below are some of the St. Louis groups and organizations I am most familiar with:

Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division #1, Fr. Tim Dempsey Division. Meets in Dogtown.


Cardinal John J. Glennon Division 2. Meets in Brentwood.

Oliver Plunkett Division 3. Meets at Florrisant.

Michael J. Roarty Division. (St. Charles County). Meets at St. Charles.

John F. Kennedy Ladies AOH Division 3. Meets at Brentwood.

St. Patrick's Ladies AOH Division 1. Meets at Creve Coeur, MO.

St. Brigid Ladies AOH Division, is active.

The Emerald Society of Missouri - St. Louis Chapter. Formed for individuals employed in the criminal justice system, to promote the Irish heritage and culture. There is also a K.C. Chapter. http://emeraldsocietyofmissouri.com

Irish American Student Guild of St. Louis University, founded 2005. http://studentlife.slu.edu/irishguild/

St. Louis Irish Metro Club.  Meets at Creve Coeur.   


St. Patrick's Day Parade, St. Louis, MO., They have held the parade for 38 years to date.  This years parade had a reported 200,000 spectators and over 120 units.  They also have a St. Patricks Day run with over 6,000 participants.


St. Louis / Galway Sister Cities Program, since 1977.


O'Malleys Irish Gift Shop. 2718 Sutton Ave., Maplewood, MO 63143  http://omalleysirishbar.com/giftshop.htm

St. Louis Irish Arts. The local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, founded in 1972 locally.  (music, song and dance of Ireland).  http://slia.org/introduction.htm

Irish Special Interest Group, meets four times yearly at the St. Louis County Library. A branch of the St. Louis Genealogical Society. www.stlgs.org

The Irish Roots Cafe created the first broadcast series on the Irish in St. Louis, Kansas City and Missouri in 2007.  www.Irishroots.com

Kerry Cottage, Irish Gift Shop, 2119 S. Big Bend, Maplewood, MO

The Shannon Shop, Irish Gift Shop, Kirkwood, MO

The Celtic Cross Monument (project). www.stlouiscelticcross.com

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