The Irish Channel is a historic neighborhood of New Orleans that is nestled between the Lower Garden District, the Mississippi River, and the Lower Garden District. According to the Historic District Landmarks Commission, the boundaries of the Irish Channel are Magazine Street, Delachaise Street, Tchoupitoulas Street, and Jackson Avenue. Despite its name, the Irish Channel was settled and developed by a diverse group of working class families in the 19th century. This included a large group of German, Irish, and Italian immigrants, as well as people of color, and native-born people. Many Irish immigrants settled in this area in the 1830’s to work on the construction of the New Basin Canal. Additionally, many residents worked the wharves in the nearby port of New Orleans. Several breweries were constructed in the area and this industry was a major employer for years. Since World War II, the neighborhood has seen many changes, and today it is a diverse neighborhood filled with great restaurants, shops, bars, and civic pride. The Irish Channel is famous for its annual Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, including the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, which began in 1947.
The Irish Channel is filled with colorful cottages and shotgun houses. The neighbors pride themselves on being friendly. On weekends, you may get invited to enjoy mimosas or wine on a neighbor’s front porch. Dogs are welcomed almost everywhere in the neighborhood. The laid-back vibe, friendly neighbors, rich history, and architecture makes the Irish Channel feel like a true New Orleans neighborhood.
For more information about the Irish Channel click here or visit the and the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association Page.