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Geoffrey Cobb

Geoffrey Cobb, who recently retired from his job as a high-school teacher, has written four books on Brooklyn history, as well as recently "The Irish in New York." He also writes for Irish America magazine. He is vice president for local history for the New York Irish History Roundtable,

 

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