Irish in Brooklyn
The December 14 meeting of the Irish Cultural Society will be devoted to an appreciation of five of the leaders of the Irish community in North Brooklyn. They include a founding member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick; one of the first Irish-born Brooklyn police captains; a boxing champion; two “bosses” from the political structure of Brooklyn. Each of our speaker’s colorful people from Brooklyn’s history will delight us in their Irishness and their uniquely Brooklyn panache.
The speaker will be Geoffrey Cobb, a Brooklyn historian with a strong interest in Irish-American history. He is the author of Greenpoint’s Forgottten Past and The King of Greenpoint. He has published in various journals, including The New York Irish History Roundtable Journal and the Volunteer, a magazine devoted to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Mr. Cobb teaches history on the campus of Erasmus Hall High School. He earned an undergraduate degree from Hunter College and a Masters in Education from Adelphi University.
Come early. A large group of Brooklyn expatriates will likely attend.