The Irish, Kansas City's largest ethnic immigrant group, hauled stones to build foundations and buckets of water to put out fires. They cut the throats of a million cattle, laid miles of bricks and rails, drove the streetcars, and organized the working poor.
But Irish gangs also broke the law while Irish cops fought to uphold it. And in the middle, Irish lawyers negotiated a slippery path between the legit and the illicit.
Author and local marketing executive Pat O'Neill examines the role of the local Irish on both sides of the law in Lawyers, Lawmen, and Outlaws on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
This presentation complements the Library's current exhibit about the Kansas City Police Department, Kansas City's Finest.
O'Neill's Irish family can trace its roots in Kansas City back to the 1880s. His father, Pat O'Neill Sr., was the founder in 1972 of the local St. Patrick's Day Parade. O'Neill is the operator of O'Neill Marketing & Event Management and the author of From the Bottom Up: The Story of the Irish in Kansas City.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.
This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Sundays, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.