Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Irish Shiners and French Canadians duke it out!

For my Digi60 Pitch, I was doing research tonight on a legend of the Ottawa Valley. Big Joe fought the Irish Shiners, a reckless group of Irish who were trying to oust the French Canadians from Bytown to claim Lumber Baron supremacy.

The Irish were apparently not the best lads, and refused to assimilate.

I can only imagine downtown Ottawa and the fights between the Irish and the French. It must have been wild. And, the Scots got involved because they hated the dirty, filthy Irish folks and stood against them in support of the French.

Oh, the drama.