-Many Irish went for job opportunities, especially for the mills and factories in the Northeast.
-Irish women who worked in the Lowell mills were some of the first to ever work there and therefore had the toughest conditions to work in. The immigrants who worked here were paid on average 75 cents a day (Lavallee) and were hated by the American women that worked there.
-Locals in Lowell through this time did not like that they were less likely to get a job because of the immigrants coming over and working for less, they did not like that the Irish had established many catholic schools and churches in the mainly protestant city, and they certainly did not like their home town becoming more and more foreign to them.
-"Its sad when you have to leave the city you were born and raised in because it has become a foreign country. All American ideals, heritage, and morality has gone. Its time for me to go." wrote an anonymous writer in the Lowell Sun, the local newspaper.