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The Rocky Road to Corktown: A Detroit Irish Tour

The Detroit Bus Company

Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)

The Rocky Road to Corktown: A Detroit Irish Tour

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Detroit Irish: Failte Isteach!

The story of Detroit’s Irish population begins with famine but only moves up from there. It shows the determination and drive of many of the folks who shaped our city. Irish immigrants first came to Detroit in numbers as a result of the opening of the Erie Canal, and fled the Great Hunger beginning in the 1840s. Beautifully preserved Corktown is Detroit's oldest residential neighborhood, and in fact the whole area is a National Historic Landmark. We'll be sure to see some historic houses there, to get a taste of 19th-century Irish immigrant culture here in Detroit.

Michigan Avenue, Corktown

But Corktown isn't all there is to Detroit's Irish history. We have politicians and cops galore, movers and shakers of Detroit's inner circles and marginalized outliers. The Irish were among Detroit's earliest non-native settlers, and they don't look to be leaving anytime soon. Detroit's Irish families have shaped her military history from the beginning (Alexander McComb--er, Macomb, anyone?) and have reached the highest levels of government. Okay, we haven't had a Detroit Irish President (yet), but we have a Commander-in-Chief of the US Army, a Supreme Court Justice, and...Henry Ford. Not a bad showing.

From the cobbled streets of historic Corktown’s homes, pubs and social halls to nineteenth-century Irish mobs to Henry Ford’s three-generation history with the Mayburys of County Cork and Detoit we’ll explore Detroit’s rich Hibernian heritage. And we’ll stop for a wee pint at the end. Sláinte!

Pick ups in Royal Oak at Gusoline Alley at 11 AM, Ferndale behind Rosie O'Grady's at 11:15 AM, and downtown Detroit in front of Foran's Grand Trunk at 11:50 AM.

.Photo Credit Paul Kelley, all rights reservedPhoto Credit Paul Kelley. All Rights Reserved.

Mickey Lyons earned her BA in literature from Wayne State and her Masters Degree in Irish Language and Literature from Boston College, and is happy to be back in Detroit. She is currently avoiding working on her PhD in literature and art history, and prefers to spend her time guiding tours and playing with her rescue dog Anna Jameson.




What happens if I miss the bus? Will the bus wait for me if I'm late?

If you miss your pickup in Royal Oak or Ferndale, you can beat the bus down to Grand Trunk in Detroit and hop on there. We can't hold the bus for you if you're late, though. Sorry to be so mean about that. There's a schedule to keep and we want everyone to have a good time.


Can I drink on the bus?

Yes, within reason. Take it easy, lampshade. You're on a starting and stopping bus and there aren't frequent bathroom breaks. No, you can't pee on the curb. Also, please only bring things with lids; no open cups. Small coolers only, since the big ones are a safety hazard. And it's just plain illegal to take any open container on or off the bus. Drink on the bus? Sure. At the bar? Absolutely. But no drinks in the no-man's-land in between the two.


What if I can't show up? Will my friend be able to go instead?

Totally. Just let us know ahead of time via and we'll update your tickets with the new name or send them with your printed tickets.


Will you be selling extra seats at the bus?

Nope. Sorry. All passes gotta be bought online. There's a limited number of seats and we want you to have plenty of room - no roof riders no matter how badass that might sound.


What's your refund policy? I want me dubloons.

We'll gladly refund your tickets seven days prior to the day of the event. After that, there's no refunds. Sorry to be so mean about it.


What about weather SNAFUs?

We live in Michigan. Sometimes Mother Nature likes to throw us a curveball. We keep safety as our highest priority. In case of gnarly weather, you'll receive an email the day of the event with a raincheck/snowcheck date. If you cannot make the rescheduled date, you'll get a voucher good for a future tour with us.

Have questions about The Rocky Road to Corktown: A Detroit Irish Tour? Contact The Detroit Bus Company



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