"Tribute to Ireland"


"Tribute to Ireland"




This article discuss President Theodore Roosevelt's visit to the annual Friendly Sons of St. Patrick's dinner on St. Patrick's Day where he paid tribute to the "Sons of Erin." It illustrates the changing perception and place of the Irish in society. The presence of President Roosevelt underscores the political importance of the Irish and the growth of Irish influence in society.


New York Daily Tribune


The New York Tribune


March 18, 1905


"Tribute to Ireland," New York Daily Tribune, (March 18, 1905), Chronicling America, Library of Congress.




1905, Early 20th Century


Excerpt from Article:

President Roosevelt paid a glowing tribute to Ireland and the Irishman at the anniversary dinner of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, held at Delmonico’s last night. The Irish in peace, the Irish in war, the services of the race in the War of the Revolution and the Civil War, as in the workaday fabric of the American Constitution; the wonderful Irish character, its humor and its pathos – all in turn were touched upon.

Church and state, North and South, men of all political hues and complexions, Republicans and Democrats, the army and the law, alike vied with each other in paying tribute to the Chief Executive and the Irish cause which he in turn was honoring. While the O’ prefixes flashed through the long guest list like telegraph posts seen from a moving train, the six hundred guests did not all claim Irish birth or parentage.

The gathering was, none the less, Irish in spirit, from the harp flags on the walls to the irrepressible quips and sallies running through every speech and aside.

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