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forsythe john philip holland submarineThe major contribution made by Irish immigrants to New Jersey is documented in a new book by author and journalist David Forsythe. What have the Irish ever done for us? tells the fascinating tale of Irish immigration and its positive influence over the centuries through the stories of dozens of individuals who have made an impact around the world.


Among those featured in the book is engineer John Holland who launched the first modern submarine into New Jersey’s Passiac River in 1877.

The book also takes a look at the amazing feats of the ‘Canalers’ who dug the canals across the state that spurred the east coast’s industrial revolution, the ‘Sandhogs’ and engineers who built the New York Subway; the first street cars in the world developed by an Irishman in New York and Labor leader Mother Jones who led a march of women and children to President Theodore Roosevelt’s front door!


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Author David Forsythe said, “There are so many fascinating stories like these out there that I decided to put some of them together in a book. I was really amazed at just how much has been achieved around the world by the people from this tiny island on the edge of Europe. There are lots of heavy books on Irish history or in-depth biographies but I wanted to do something that was light and easy to read and hopefully interesting and entertaining.”

These and many other surprising stories are included in 51 short chapters covering a wide range of topics including how an Irish man became the Copper King of Montana, why an Irish woman was awarded Israel’s highest honor and how the Irish helped create the modern-day horror boom among many others.

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What have the Irish ever done for us? is available to order from Amazon or see: What Have the Irish ever done for us? on Facebook and @WHTIEDFU17 on Twitter for more information.

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