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Book Launch

Book Launch Celebration for Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Times: Morristown, New Jersey’s Irish Immigrant Past with a Concert by Dicey Riley

Friday May 10, 2013
7:00 PM
Please join us for this "After Hours" program celebrating the official release of Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Times: Morristown, New Jersey’s Irish Immigrant Past, written by Cheryl Turkington, the assistant archivist in the North Jersey History & Genealogy Center and published by the Library. One of the highlights of the evening is a special ‘after hours’ performance of traditional Irish music by Morris County’s own Dicey Riley. Copies of Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Times will be available for purchase and the author will also be available to sign copies for the public. The event is free.

Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Times takes a fresh look at the story of Irish immigration to Morristown and the vibrant Dublin neighborhood that nurtured generations of residents for over 100 years. How did the Irish community live, work, worship, celebrate and sustain itself in a new world? And how did these immigrants and their descendants impact the town they chose to make home? People who share an interest in our community’s history will enjoy reading about this segment of Morristown’s population whose contributions to society have stayed in the shadows for too long. Turkington conducted numerous interviews and relied on the vast resources of the Library’s History Center in order to put together this wonderful history. Copies are available for $15.95 (plus tax) the night of the event or from the History Center on the Library’s lower level.


Dicey Riley has been performing traditional Irish music in Morris County, NJ, since 1998. The group covers traditional jigs, reels, and hornpipes, as well as ballads, folksongs, and sing-alongs. The bands four musicians––Kevin Johnson, Tommy Johnson, John McGoldrick and Lou Timney––interchangeably play fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bodhran, penny whistle, and Irish flute, while also creating pleasant vocal harmonies. They have played for pubs, restaurants, churches, private parties, weddings, and corporate functions, as well as playing previously at the Morristown & Morris Township Library.

Cheryl Turkington has been the assistant archivist in the North Jersey History Center at the Morristown & Morris Township Library since 1989. She earned a B.A. at the University of Connecticut and continued her training there in the Public History & Archives Management Program. She is the author of Setting Up Our Own City: The Black Community in Morristown (1992), and Greeting the Past: A Walking Tour of the Dublin Neighborhood in Morristown, N.J. (2006).


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