Sunday, March 7, 2010

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Went to an Irish Festival held in the Student Union of San Antonio College just North of the downtown area. There is an Irish heritage community here, but it is small. The festival had a number of children's Irish dance groups, and adult singers. There was also a fellow who had collected dozens of Thomas Nast cartoons from Harper's Magazine which originally appeared between 1846 at the height of the potato famine, and 1875 at the height of Irish migration to the U.S. Many of these cartoons were virulently anti-Catholic, and anti-Irish. Looking at the mural behind the Irish performers, you can see Hispanic culture being celebrated. This is a multi-cultural community.

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