Oral History Project


We are excited to announce that “Boston and the Irish Language: Fifty Years of Cultural Connection in Oral History” is now online.

The object of “Boston and the Irish Language” is to document the life stories of recent immigrants from Ireland to the greater Boston area whose first language is Irish. The interviews explore the shared experiences of emigration, assimilation, employment, and the challenge that Irish-speaking Americans experience in maintaining cultural memory and contact with communities in the homeland and in the United States. Each interview in the collection is presented with a brief biographical summary, Irish-language transcriptions, and English translations.

Sponsored by Cumann na Gaeilge imBoston (The Irish Language Society of Boston) and supported by a grant from Mass Humanities, the project is available through Open Archives at UMass Boston.

The project coordinator, Brian Frykenberg may be contacted by phone at +1 978-289-7060, or via email frykenberg@comcast.net