May 2, 2013 9:00 AM
While most seniors prepare for the real world and the workplace, Perry Faulkner, a senior in the Tulane 4 + 1 master’s program in history, is delving into New Orleans’ past. Faulkner is completing an independent study project on masculinity of men of the Irish Channel in New Orleans between 1880 and 1920.
One such sporting event was the annual Turkey Bowl, a football game played every Thanksgiving in City Park between an Irish Channel team and a team from one of the suburbs.People who lived in the neighborhood “felt strongly about their heritage,” he says.
The Irish Channel, located in the Lower Garden District, ran from around Felicity Street to Louisiana Avenue and from Magazine Street to the Mississippi River.After the 1920s, however, Faulkner notes that many of the Irish families began to move into the New Orleans suburbs. But even now, he says, “One can see these remnants of Irish history by walking around the city, seeing landmarks and monuments.”
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