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Meriden: A Connecticut Irishtown: In 1836, Paddies laid rail tracks to future industrial city --Irish population multiplied as Meriden factories prospered --Meriden’s support for Ireland’s freedom --Republican & Democrat made great team in U.S. Senate, Francis T. Maloney and John A. Danaher --Mother’s love of books inspired (Tomie) dePaola --Irish customs live on --Professor Kelly taught dancing --Anna Murphy Gibson became cemetery caretaker --Meriden was an all-star Irish baseball community --Joan Joyce led Meriden Falcons to four world titles.



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