River City Irish was inspired by my current project, “Leprechaunos.” Fact is, the Irish community in this city has a smell like rotten parchment and cracked leather. Cities like Austin and Dallas are attracting all the young Irish and Irish-American kids flowing through Texas. Everyone knows Dallas, and Austin is like a little German pub district; all lights and fused buildings, making stumbling from bar to bar easier than puking on the curb. It started with Gaelic football.
I was starting a team. Just me and my wife, Edge, with business cards and plenty of time to recruit. We had just moved to San Antonio, and I wanted to play feckin’ football, so we took it upon ourselves to blaze the path towards peil gaelach. Along the way we met the presidents of Irish societies active within the river’s reach. They were excited, like talking scrolls with human emotions, and backed us, gave us space, advice and human resources.
Things have continued to grow.
But a chasm exists here. San Antonio doesn’t want Irish culture. They want Mexican culture. So, that’s where the money goes, and why the feck not? But, we’re so very similar, the Mexicans and us. Poor. A tradition of “true” Americans hating us in their country. Taking all the shit jobs. Trouble makers. We both love parties, traditional music and storytelling. Both cultures are hard working, and loyal, with large, often extended, often Catholic, families.
Why not do this side-by-side, then?
Community comes from unity. My novel sparked a greater idea of social networking, where all the Irish societies could share information, pictures, stories, poetry and whatever else they wanted. An Irish guy should be able to step off a plane at San Antonio International, click a button on their smart phone, and find whatever support he needs. No strings attached.
After a metric sh*t ton of planning I came to a realization; why not include the immigrant subculture as a whole? So that’s what we are geared towards, the River City immigrant subculture, with an Irish-American flair for prose. I’m working on the official social site now with high hopes. My Tumblr will eventually exist to promote the book and my writing, but for now will be the mortar between both.
Let me know what you guys think. Click the “Tell me a story” link and ask me your questions, or just inspire me. We all come from somewhere. It’s your America, build it.