The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #136381   Message #3114327
Posted By: open mike
15-Mar-11 - 02:20 PM
Thread Name: Blessings to all on St. Pat's 2011
Subject: RE: Blessings to all on St. Pat's 2011
I played 2 hours of Irish/Celtic music on my radio show to celebrate Irish culture. The contributions of these immigrants were substantial to the development of the American society, especially as they were instrumental in building canals and railroads. This allowed commerce and travel to grow. When I think of how much-loved trains are, I give thanks to those who helped to create the rail ways and lay the rails and tracks! Perhaps I should not mention it here, but I can't help but think of the news that came out recently about a tragedy that occurred in 1832 near Philadelphia. Are there any songs devoted to the 57 Irish rail road workers who gave their lives at Duffy's Cut in PA?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duffy%27s_Cut
http://www.examiner.com/city-buzz-in-long-beach/ghost-story-leads-brothers-to-mass-grave-at-railroad-site-pennsylvania

(another sad fact of history is the story of the San Patricio brigade from the Mexican American War...many songs and movies and books talk about this battalion including a recent album by the Chieftains and Ry Cooder. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick%27s_Battalion
and David Rovic's song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4BGrNrkbMU)