The neighborhood was, as the name implies, originally settled my mostly immigrants from Ireland in the early 19th century. They came fleeing the great potato famine, looking for work. Other immigrants from Italy, Germany and free African Americans settled in the area as well. “The Channel” has historically been a working-class neighborhood. Through the early 20th century, much of the population worked in the nearby Port of New Orleans, and breweries, which the Germans brought. Currently there are two breweries operating in the neighborhood.