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Essential Pittsburgh
4:43 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

How the Pittsburgh Donnybrook Boxing Match Became a New St. Patrick’s Day Tradition

The best Pittsburgh boxer at the event will be given the Billy Conn Trophy, named after the legendary Pittsburgh boxer whose claim to fame was a match against Joe Louis.
Credit PittsburghDonnybrook.org

The first Europeans to settle in Pittsburgh in large numbers were Scots-Irish. Later, the Irish were a major part of the wave of immigrants who came to the Steel City for the promise of a job. These jobs often turned out be laborious and low-paying.

Jim Lamb, President of the Irish Institute of Pittsburgh, has a vast knowledge of Irish heritage in Pittsburgh. He says a major turning point for the population of Pittsburgh and many other northeastern cities was the Irish immigration. But he says Pittsburgh also had a successful Irish community as the mass immigration occurred.

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Culture
12:14 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Parade To Pack Downtown Pittsburgh This Weekend

Pittsburgh’s colors may be black and gold, but they’ll soon be replaced by green and gold, as one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country prepares to take the streets.

Starting Saturday at 10 a.m., more than 23,000 participants, including some Olympic athletes, will march downtown along Grant Street and The Boulevard of the Allies.

Joining in the festivities this year are four-time Olympian and three-time medalist Lauryn Williams and gold medal-winning Irish Olympian Michael Carruth.

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