2008-09-05 / Community

Talk On Irish Athletes At Irish Society

The guest speaker at the Irish Cultural Society meeting will speak about the Irish American Athletic Club and Celtic Park at its meeting on Tuesday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m. in the Garden City Library, 60 Seventh Street, across the street from the Garden City Hotel. The meeting is open to the public.

The speaker will be Ian McGowan. Not only does Mr. McGowan live and breathe the research he does on his topic, but he also lives at Celtic Park, the housing development built on the site of the Celtic Park athletic complex. His research has uncovered the Club's and the Park's special part in the history of the Irish in New York City. A true history detective, Mr. McGowan unearthed a treasure trove of medals and awards won by the IAAC's athletes which had been lost for over seventy years. That story and many others, including anti-Irish sentiment and especially the 1908 Olympics, will be a part of Mr. McGowan's PowerPoint presentation.

Ian McGowan has for the past three years worked as an archivist in the CUNY Institute for Irish American Studies. Center for the Preservation of Irish American Publications at Lehman College where he was engaged in digitizing Irish Studies related material. He is working on his Masters Degree at CCNY where he is studying the Irish Diaspora in Latin America. He is currently collaborating with the Greater Astoria Historical Society on a monograph on the IAAC and Celtic Park. Mr. McGowan is as energetic and passionate as the athletes he studies.

At the meeting, President Martin Kelly will outline the plans for the Society's season. Treasurer Joe Ferrick will happily accept payment of dues.

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