The history of the Irish on the South Shore parallels the history of the South Shore itself. In their way, the Irish were pilgrims seeking a relief from oppression, freedom to determine their destiny, freedom to own their own property, and freedom from want. Here they found opportunities unheard of in the “old country”. Their gratitude to their new home was expressed in the many who fought, and the many who died in the United States Civil War, and in other engagements; and in the many who serve and have served in public service: police; fire; education, law, and medicine. The Irish are the “green thread” in the fabric of the South Shore joining with the many hued threads of other immigrant groups making the area the vibrant, ever changing nature blessed paradise it is.