During March, we celebrate more than just Women’s History Month. We also celebrate Irish American Heritage Month. The United States Congress proclaimed March as Irish American Heritage Month in 1991. Initially, the holiday honored St. Patricks Day (March 17). However, the celebration goes way beyond St. Patrick’s Day. Here are a few facts to help you learn more about Irish Americans.
The Irish language is one of the oldest living languages, originating about 4,000 years ago.
Nine people who signed the Declaration of Independence were Irish.
Four-leaf clovers, leprechauns, rainbows, and gold pots are Irish symbols brought into American culture.
Halloween was invented in Ireland. It traces back over 2,000 years to the Ireland festival, Celtic Samhain.
Ireland’s national symbol is the harp.
The world’s oldest working lighthouse (Hook Lighthouse) is on the south coast of Ireland in County Wexford.
Irish-born architect James Hoban designed the White House.
23 U.S. presidents were of Irish descent.