In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, a look back on Irish immigration history in Louisiana
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Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, so we decided to take this time to look back on the history of the Irish community throughout the state. Dr. Laura Kelley, historian and author of The Irish in New Orleans, tells us more about Irish immigration history in Louisiana.
But before we go, we’ll hear from commentator Ronnie Virgets, who was a popular voice on our airwaves before his death in 2021. His colorful takes on life in Louisiana celebrate many of the quirks that come with living here. This particular piece recalls his early effort at being a salesman.
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