02/05/06 60 W - + 19 - 10 The Irish Roots of Firefighters?

Ever wonder why so many firefighters from "up north" have Irish roots? Between 1847 and 1854, some 1.6 million people immigrated from Ireland to the eastern United States following the great potato famine. Discrimination hindered employment and many took such "less desireable" jobs as police officers and firefighters. Here's a little background as well as a Wikipedia entry.

An added note to this post, there is now an Emerald Society for the greater Raleigh area. It was formed by a few Raleigh cops, and it is open to CAREER firemen, police, EMS, and telecommunicators. We meet at Hibernian on Glenwood Ave. (Raleigh) at 6:30, the first Tuesday of the month.
Silver - 02/13/06 - 04:37

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