The Most Famous Irishman Who Never Was
Local historian Alan Earls will deliver a unique two part program on Saturday March 11th at the Franklin Historical Museum. Earls will first discuss the arrival of the Irish in Franklin in the 19th Century – why they came, how they made Franklin home and the challenges they faced. He will then introduce Mr. Dooley – an “Irishman” who became the public face of the Irish in America. It was Dooley and his popularity as a political commentator that had much to do with the growing acceptance and appreciation of the Irish across the United States.