Irish scholar and professor Maureen Murphy lectures on “Irish Emigrant Girls in New York” as part of the spring 2019 Fund for Irish Studies series.
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.