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Ukrainian-American musician Peter Ostroushko loved Irish fiddle music and had a long-standing relationship with the Irish music community of the Twin Cities. Friend Dáithí Sproule did this oral history interview with Peter in January 2019.

Online Archives and Exhibitions

Explore the history of Irish Arts in Minnesota through oral histories, music, photos, posters and more!

Lead Us Into Temptation
1000 Years of Irish Poetry

EML on YouTube!

Water From the Well:
Irish tunes from our collection

Online Story Hour

Special Collection: Doherty Family Recordings

Fifty-two archival tracks of traditional music recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1958! St. Paul musician Marge Sontag (née Doherty) and other members of the Doherty Family made these recordings at the home of Tony and Margaret Doherty on Selby Avenue. They feature the family patriarch Tony Doherty (1896–1972) on fiddle, daughter Marge on piano and accordion, daughter Mary on piano and daughter Joan on piano. A fascinating blend of Irish-American and Scandinavian tunes that the Dohertys brought to St. Paul from Cedar Lake Township south of the Twin Cities.

Library Collection

Over 4750 books and 1200 commercial audio recordings. Check out available!

Explore our digital version of Conradh na Gaeilge's beautiful bilingual travelling exhibition celebrating 125 years of Irish language revival.


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