Irish immigrants began arriving in the Mahoning Valley in the mid-nineteenth century. The biographies on this page were written by education scholar Tom Welsh.
Patrick Hogan, his wife, Margaret, and their three children came to the Mahoning Valley in the mid-1870s, leaving behind the English town of Wednesbury, an iron-manufacturing center in the West Midlands. The family had roots in Swinford, County Mayo, in the western Irish province of Connaught. Like many Irish families who settled in the Valley, the Hogans spent almost a generation in England before emigrating to the United States. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the descendants of Patrick and Margaret Hogan were involved in areas as disparate as labor and industry, politics, business, education, sports, and organized crime. The Hogan family biographies draw on oral accounts (secured through interviews), obituaries, newspaper articles, official records, minutes of public meetings, high school/college yearbooks, school reunion programs, sports journals, and secondary sources, e.g., books on local and regional history. When possible, the biographies include documentary evidence that corroborates oral accounts.
Ann Donnelly: Growing up on the East Side of Youngstown
Thomas Casey: Life in Ireland and Youngstown
Thomas Kelly: On being a Roman Catholic priest and life in Ireland
John Marsh: Discusses his family’s background/history
Paula McKinney: North Side of Youngstown and her family history
Father John Lyons: Family background and immigration to Youngstown
John Lyden: Mahoning Valley Gaelic Society and Irish culture
Teresa Minogue: Immigration experience
Patrick Mulrooney: Growing up in Ireland, working in England in the 1940s, and residing on the South Side of Youngstown
Catherine Ring: Growing up in Ireland, immigrating to America in 1923 and life on the North Side of Youngstown