Dublin in Morristown: Ceremony marks town connection to Emerald Isle

Historic marker commemorates Morristown's Dublin neighborhood, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lsecohier
Historic marker commemorates Morristown's Dublin neighborhood, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lsecohier
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In the grand scheme of things, historical plaques are not that expensive.

Unless you factor in the human cost.

A marker dedicated Sunday commemorates more than a century of hopes and dreams, and births and deaths and laughs and tears of generations of Irish immigrants who made Morristown’s Dublin neighborhood their adopted home.

Sunday’s ceremony, at the intersection of Madison Street and Macculloch Avenue, was presented by the Morris County Heritage Commission and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County.

The new marker reads:

Dublin

Between 1840 and 1950, this neighborhood was a center of Irish immigrant life. Residents worked as laborers, domestic help, merchants and civil servants. Later generations were elected to public office and served in the armed forces in large numbers. Community members helped establish All Souls Hospital in 1892.

“A sense of community was the key thing that held so many families together,” said Mayor Tim Dougherty, whose grandparents emigrated from Ireland to Trenton.

Mayor Tim Dougherty remembers his Irish ancestors, March 3, 2019. Video by Bill Lescohier for MorristownGreen.com:

Peg Schulz, acting director of the heritage commission, said the historical marker is Morris County’s 153rd since the program started in 1975.

Introducing Monsignor John Hart of Assumption Church for the benediction, event co-chair Mike Keown of the Friendly Sons noted the symbiotic relationship between the church and the early Irish in the neighborhood.

Mike Keown talks about the role of Assumption Church for Morristown’s Irish, March 3, 2019. Video by Bill Lescohier for MorristownGreen.com:

Author Cheryl Turkington at historic marker ceremony in Morristown, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier

The church was a haven for “uneducated, poor Irish Catholics who were untrusted by many around them,” Keown said.

Cheryl Turkington, whose published works during her years at the Morristown & Morris Township Library included Greeting the Past, A Walking Tour of the Dublin Neighborhood, and Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Times: Morristown New Jersey’s Immigrant Past, traveled from California for the occasion.

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County march at historic marker ceremony in Morristown, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County march at historic marker ceremony in Morristown, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier

Afterward, the Guard Pipes & Drums were scheduled to lead a short procession to the Dublin Pub to continue the festivities.

Next up: The Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade, at noon this Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Correspondent Bill Lescohier contributed to this story.

 

Mike Keown of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County speaks at historic marker ceremony in Morristown, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Mike Keown of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County speaks at historic marker ceremony in Morristown, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Banner remembers 'The Dublin Boys' of Morristown, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Banner remembers ‘The Dublin Boys’ of Morristown, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Mayor Tim Dougherty and John Hyland at Dublin marker ceremony, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Mayor Tim Dougherty and John Hyland at Dublin marker ceremony, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and Councilwoman Alison Deeb at Dublin marker ceremony, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and Councilwoman Alison Deeb at Dublin marker ceremony, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
John Murphy's famed green fire truck at Dublin marker ceremony in Morristown, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
John Murphy’s famed green fire truck at Dublin marker ceremony in Morristown, March 3, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier

 

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