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No Irish Need Apply

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No Irish Need Apply is a historical portrait of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen chronicling the friendship and
struggles of Johnny O’Hara and his friend Red, children of immigrants who escaped Ireland’s Great Hunger.
Orphaned at an early age, the boys struggle to survive amidst the poverty and anti-Irish Catholic prejudice of the
day. As adults, Johnny and Red join an all-immigrant volunteer fire company that is despised by surrounding fire
companies manned by American-born men. Unwittingly, the immigrants and the Americans, alike, are the victims
of greedy elites who thrive on keeping them divided, resulting in many pitched battles on the streets and at fires.

In No Irish Need Apply, Finucane captures the grit of the Irish
immigrants and their will to survive and thrive, against a backdrop
exploring New York’s transition from a volunteer fire department
to a professional fire department. No Irish Need Apply is also
an inspirational love story with an unusual twist revealing the
blood, sweat and passions of the Irish immigrants who helped
build New York City.

About the author

John Finucane, a retired NYC firefighter, began his writing career as
a journalist reporting extensively on British colonialism in Northern
Ireland. He wrote for and published the monthly
American Irish Newsletter from 1975 to 2000.
He is the author of When the Bronx Burned and
The Usual, two compelling narratives about
the destruction-by-arson of the Bronx during
the 1960s and 1970s. In his writings, Finucane
always weaves in a heart-tugging romance
as exemplified in his 2013 novel, Tomorrow,
Mickey, Tomorrow.


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