Is there anyone out there who can help these folks with archival footage or old photographs of Irish family life in New York?
The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and TG4 are responsible for making and airing high-quality films and television programs, and we would like to see the filmmakers get some help from the Irish-American community here.
Archive Film Footage and Stills
The Irish New Yorkers, an important new documentary film will tell the story of the Irish in New York. A two hour film that will bring audiences to the very heart of the Irish and Irish American community in New York and explore what it means to be Irish and Irish American. It will be a unique story of a people who fought hard to create the most successful Irish society abroad and those today with its future in their hands.
We need your help to tell that story. We are in search of New York’s unseen film footage that will take a fresh look at the social and cultural history of the Irish in New York. We are asking people and communities to delve into both their own and their grandparent’s attics, to dust down their old cine cans, Hi8 reels and VHS’s. Perhaps you may discover, and indeed rescue, little gems that will give us a treasure chest of history, offering us a unique and very real glimpse into life in the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.
Also, any films or photographs you have of preparations for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We are looking for footage from the 1930s-1970s that will show life in an Irish American neighbourhood, footage of New York city, pictures or films of Irish immigrant families and the lives they led in the NYPD, the FDNY, sporting lives in the GAA and the Church. It may be a picture or home movie of your grandmother, old friend, or relative, or neighbours but all of these sources will help us to weave together the rich tapestry that is the history of the Irish in New York.
If you have any home movies or photos you would like to share with us please email:
Ciara Baker, BA (History)
Award winning Irish documentary filmmakers Garry Keane and Aideen Kane have been awarded funding by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and TG4 to make The Irish New Yorkers. Twenty year veterans of documentary filmmaking their most recent film The Writing in The Sky was critically acclaimed and will soon be seen at film festivals worldwide.