MN90: Kiss Me, I'm Minnesotan

Archbishop John Ireland helped numerous Irish prosper in America and Minnesota. MN90 Producer Allison Herrera talks about the man behind the boulevard in St. Paul. Includes an interview with Ann Regan, author of Irish in Minnesota, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002.

Cathedral of St. Paul

Cathedral of St. Paul

Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, c.1950.

Basilica of St. Mary, Sixteenth and Hennepin, Minneapolis

Basilica of St. Mary, Sixteenth and Hennepin, Minneapolis

Basilica of St. Mary, Sixteenth and Hennepin, Minneapolis, July 25, 1925.

Mikro Kodesh Synagogue, 720 Oak Lake Avenue, Minneapolis

Mikro Kodesh Synagogue, 720 Oak Lake Avenue, Minneapolis

The first Mikro Kodesh Synagogue, 720 Oak Lake Avenue, Minneapolis, c.1910.

Mikro Kodesh Synagogue, 1004 Oliver Avenue North, Minneapolis

Mikro Kodesh Synagogue, 1004 Oliver Avenue North, Minneapolis

The second Mikro Kodesh Synagogue, 1004 Oliver Avenue North, Minneapolis, 1937. Photographer: Minneapolis Star Journal Tribune.

Mikro Kodesh Synagogue, Minneapolis

The Moorish/Byzantine-style building at 1004 Oliver Avenue North in Minneapolis was home to the congregation Mikro Kodesh (Holy Assembly) from the 1920s through the 1960s. It is one of the few physical remnants of the now-dispersed North Side Jewish community.

Ireland, John (1838–1918)

Born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1838, John Ireland came to St. Paul with his parents in 1852. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1861, and by the time he was appointed archbishop of St. Paul in 1888, he was one of the city's most prominent citizens.

John Ireland Boulevard, St. Paul

John Ireland Boulevard, St. Paul

John Ireland Boulevard, St. Paul, 1969–1970.

Archbishop John Ireland

Archbishop John Ireland

Archbishop John Ireland, c.1910. Artist unknown.

Archbishop Ireland at the ground breaking ceremony for the Basilica

Archbishop Ireland at the ground breaking ceremony for the Basilica

Archbishop John Ireland at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, 1907.

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