The East Bronx History Forum - "Highbrigh Irish"

Submitted by ub on Sat, 09/10/2011 - 19:43

The East Bronx History Forum will open its 63rd meeting, hosting a talk by Kate Feighery on the Irish community in the Highbridge section of the Bronx. The program will be held at the Huntington Free Library and Reading Room at 9 Westchester Square, Bronx New York. The meeting is free and open to the public and all are welcome to come.

The nearest subway station is the Westchester Square/ East Tremont stop on the Number 6 (Pelham Bay Line). The Library is next to the Apple Bank, across Owen Dolen Park. The EBHF meets on the 3rd Weds day of the month. Please check our webpage at for additional information.

Highbridge, the neighborhood in the southwestern section of the Bronx, took its name from the massive stone bridge (spanning the Harlem River) constructed there in the 1840s to carry water to the island of Manhattan. The history of the Irish in Highbridge can be traced from the mid-nineteenth century, when homes of Irish immigrant workers building the Croton Reservoir first began to replace earlier farmlands and sprawling estates.

Kate Feighery holds a Master's Degree in Irish and Irish American Studies from NYU's Glucksman Ireland House. She currently works as a Project Editor in the College Department at W. W. Norton & Company, while continuing to pursue her interest in the history of the Irish in New York.