US Infrastructure and the extraordinary legacy of Irish-American Immigrants

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Irish people have always of course had a special relationship with America with over 10% of Americans reporting Irish ancestry. What we hear less about is the role the Irish played in building America but luckily this infographic from Claddagh Rings gives us some insight into their work in building some of America’s most celebrating constructions.

For example, many people don’t know the story of the Empire State Building. The whole idea for the Empire State Building came from a proud Irish American named Al Smith, who had lost the U.S presidential election in 1928. He began the construction on St. Patrick’s Day 1930.

Of course, these large constructions didn’t come without their problems. For example, many Irish Americans lost their lives in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge due to a lack of knowledge about compressed air amongst contractors.

The reality is these Irish Americans worked long hours in…

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