IRISH CATSKILLS: DANCING AT THE CROSSROADS is a one-hour documentary that revisits New York's famed vacation spot, which also served as a summer getaway for many Irish and Irish-Americans for nearly 100 years. The documentary explores the factors that led to the Catskills' boom and bust, from a successful labor union deal and a flood of Irish immigration in the 1950s to the ubiquity of air conditioning, cheap air fares, and cultural assimilation in later decades. Using archival photos, home movies, private audio recordings, contemporary videography, and dozens of interviews, the documentary traces the history and the legacy of this beloved chapter of Irish-Americana in the Catskills.
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Length: 56 minutes