No Irish Need Apply

‘No Irish Need Apply’ – from Helena’s album ‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ (Pursuit of Happiness) – illustrates the prejudice that Irish Catholics endured when they arrived on American shores. For the most part, Irish immigrants were impoverished and uneducated, and so, they were seen as a threat to the economy and to the American way of life.

‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ is a collection of stories and songs that illustrate the history of Irish emigration to the United States & Canada. The album includes 8 songs alongside incredible stories of Irish emigration through the ages; emigration during the Great Famine, travelling on the Titanic, the Irish in the Wild West, John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland and so much more.

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A note from Helena: “With this album, I hope to bring the listener on a journey through the Irish experience of emigration to the New World; the excitement, the tragedy, the hopes and aspirations for a better life.”

“This album is beautiful piece of craftmanship and will be enjoyed by both the Irish diaspora family and those who simply have a love of Irish music and stories alike” – Travel Ireland Magazine, December 2017

See the Full Review Here (Page 40)

‘No Irish Need Apply’ Credits:
Produced by Helena Byrne.
Introduction by Patrick Murphy.
Advertisements performed by Michael Heavey, Margaret Toomey & Mark Hewitt.
Master of Ceremonies performed by Michael Heavey.
Heckling performed by John Byrne, Michael Heavey, Margaret Toomey & Mark Hewitt.
Piano by Josh Johnston.
‘No Irish Need Apply’ music & lyrics by Kathleen O’Neill – Vocals by Helena Byrne.
All other dialogue written & performed by Helena Byrne.
Recorded by Michael Manning. Mastering by David Montuy.
Photography by Laelia Milleri.
Dress by Claire Garvey.


1. Ireland Then
2. Poverty & the Potato
3. Colcannon (Song)
4. The Great Hunger
5. Michael Considine
6. Spancil Hill (Song)
7 No Irish Need Apply (Song)
8. American Wakes
9. Your Waltz (Song)
10. The Irish in the Wild West
11. Choctaw Donation
12. Is Tú Grá (Song)
13. The Titanic & The Addergoole Fourteen
14. Building America
15. Musical Evolution
16. The Dowie Dens of Yarrow/Wayfaring Stranger (Song)
17. Imperfections (Song)
18. My Father Remembers JFK
19. Ireland Now
20. Fly (Song)

Running Time 72 Minutes