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Lecture: "Irish Immigrant Girls in New York"

Hofstra University Professor Emerita Maureen Murphy will deliver the lecture, "Irish Immigrant Girls in New York."

Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Former Coleman Chapel in Murphy Hall

Hosted by the Irish Studies Program

Maureen Murphy poses in front of an exhibit entitled The Irish Mission at Watson House.

The lecture is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the former Coleman Chapel in Murphy Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, email Dr. Tim Madigan at

About the Lecture

A unique aspect of Irish migration to the U.S. was the predominance of young women traveling alone. Between 1883 and 1908, 307,823 young Irish women arrived at the Port of New York. Most of the girls who were not met by family or friends were assisted by the Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary for the Protection of Irish Immigrant Girls. The Mission was the inspiration of Charlotte Grace O'Brien (1845-1909), the daughter of William Smith O'Brien, who was deported to Tasmania for his part in the 1848 Rebellion. Murphy has led the research into the rich archives of this extraordinary institution and her lecture will explore this fascinating story.

About Dr. Murphy

Professor Emerita Maureen Murphy was the Joseph L. Dionne Professor of Teacher Education at Hofstra University.  She serves, with John Ridge, as historian of the Irish Mission at Watson House Project which has produced a permanent exhibition, a travelling exhibition and a website with records digitized for 45,000 immigrant women who passed through the Mission.  A frequent visitor to St. John Fisher College, she is the author of Compassionate Stranger:  Asenath Nicholson and the Great Irish Famine (Syracuse University Press). In 2015, she was given the President's Award for service to Ireland. In 2017, she was named “Gael of the Year” by the Irish Echo.