A full day of activities has been planned for Leadville on October 1st to celebrate Irish history.
Between 1877 and 1900, Leadville, Colorado experienced one of the greatest silver rushes in American history. During this time, thousands of Irish immigrants travelled to Leadville. This community quickly grew into the largest Irish enclave in the history of the state, with first and second generation Irish residents numbering over four thousand by 1880.
11 a.m. St. Patrick's Day Practice Parade
1 p.m. The Irish Road to Leadville, Annunciation Church,
Welcome by Adrian Farrell, Consul General of Ireland. Presentation by Jim Walsh, Department of Political Science, CU Denver
2 - 2:30 p.m. Historic Walking Tour
Leaving from Annunciation Church and led by Jim Walsh
3 p.m. Commemoration of Unknown Irish Immigrants in the Rocky Mountain West
Commemorative Event at "Old Catholic" section of Evergreen Cemetery honoring hundred of Irish immigrants in unmarked graves. With Irish Consul General Adrian Farrell, James Walsh, and Dennis Gallagher.
5 p.m. Group Discussion: Imagining a Memorial to Irish Immigrants in the Rocky Mountain Region
Led by Maura Clare, President, Irish Network Colorado Leadville/Lake County Public Library
7 p.m. Celebration at Wilde's Green Hour
Hosted by Luke Finken, Former Leadville City Councilman and Organizer, Leadville's St. Patrick's Practice Day Parade