Shutting the Door on the Irish

On Saturday, Dec.11 2021, at 4pm the New York Irish History Roundtable is presenting an on-line discussion of how U.S. policymakers cut immigration possibilities for Irish men and women looking toward America. Why did this happen?

Linda Dowling Almeida will host this discussion using Zoom. Featured in the discussion will be Ray O’Hanlon, author of the new book, Unintended Consequences: The Story of Irish Immigration to the United States and How America’s Door Was Shut to the Irish. Reviews have called O’Hanlon’s book “essential” and “definitive.”

Ray O’Hanlon is also author of The New Irish Americans (1998) which examined the wave of undocumented migrants from Ireland in the 1980s—and which gave an early look at consequences of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act. O’Hanlon is a senior editor at the Irish Echo who has written books and articles about the people of Ireland and American-Ireland relations for more than three decades.

Linda Dowling Almeida is a member of the faculty of Glucksman Ireland House at New York University. She is the author of Irish Immigration in New York City, 1945–1995 as well as many articles and reviews focusing on the Irish in New York. She has taught Irish American history, literature, and oral history with a focus on immigration and social/cultural life. She is a longtime member of the Roundtable and edits the reviews section of New York Irish History.


If you would like to raise a question about immigration restrictions to be addressed during the session, email it to before Dec. 1. As many questions as possible will be covered.


If you haven’t participated in a Zoom session before, it’s easy. You will need an active Roundtable membership and computer or smart phone with a camera. During the days just before the event you will receive by email a Zoom invitation to join the event. Just follow instructions on the invitation, and you will be led to the session. When you click to join the meeting on Dec. 11 you will be prompted to download and temporarily install Zoom at that time. After exiting the session, nothing will be left on your device.
See you on Dec. 11 at 4pm