Lunch & Learn: An Irish Passion for Justice

Lunch & Learn: An Irish Passion for Justice

Lunch & Learn: An Irish Passion for Justice

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Join the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) each month for our virtual Lunch & Learn Series – an intimate conversation with agency staff and special guests focusing on the collections of the Municipal Archives and Library, and the history of New York City.


On July 16th, join authors Robert Polner and Michael Tubridy for a discussion on their recent book, An Irish Passion for Justice: The Life of Rebel New York Attorney Paul O’Dwyer.

An Irish Passion for Justice recounts the life and work of Paul O’Dwyer, the Irish-born and quintessentially New York activist, politician, and lawyer who fought in the courts and at the barricades for the rights of the downtrodden and the marginalized throughout the 20th century.

This talk will focus on Paul O’Dwyer’s background in Ireland and New York and his contributions to city government—from amending the year of Manhattan’s settlement by Europeans to creating the foundation to support the Municipal Archives. The authors will also discuss O’Dwyer’s relationship with his brother, William, the twice-elected mayor of New York following WWII.

About the Authors:

Michael Tubridy is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Irish America and The Recorder. He writes about Irish and Irish American history in his blog, A Boat Against the Current.

Robert Polner is a former reporter for Newsday who covered New York City beats ranging from immigration to City Hall. He is the co-author of a 2010 book about Hugh Carey and the Fiscal Crisis, titled, The Man Who Saved New York (winner of the 2011 Empire State History Book Award), and Three Men in a Room, an insider’s account of New York State government.


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07/16/2024 @ 01:00 PM (EDT)



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