Members of the St. Columcille Branch of the Friends of Irish Freedom (FOIF) marched on St. Patrick’s Day in 1919, one year after women made their official appearance in New York’s annual parade. The FOIF was an American organization with national headquarters in New York. The FIOF supported Ireland’s new Republican Party in its effort to gain independence from Great Britain. There were scores of local branches in the city, like this one from St. Columba Church in Chelsea. (Photo by Museum of the City of New York).
Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018)
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