I came across this article a few years back in the New York Press (a free publication here in NYC) written by a fellow by the name of William Bryk. Bryk focuses specifically on New York history, and this one piece particularly interested me. Dagger John Hughes was a fightin' Irish priest who came to New York, amongst the famine Irish. He also was responsible, in no small way, for preserving the religious freedoms of the Irish Catholics to worship here in the States, as well as being perhaps the first to raise the famine Irish up from the squalor, crime, and decadence they had fallen into here in the States, specifically in places like New York and Boston. His story is here.
May the road rise up to meet you, and may the wind be at your back.