Irish American Heritage Month

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.

Taken from inside a residential house, two families wearing fancy dress, out trick or treating in North East England during halloween. The children are taking sweets off a plate that an unrecognisable woman is holding.


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.

Landscapes of Ireland. Hook Head lighthouse

Irish-born architect James Hoban designed the White House.

Antique American Photograph: The White House, Washington, D.C., United States, 1900: Original edition from my own archives. Copyright has expired on this artwork. Digitally restored. Historic photos show the White House in 1900 and was featured as part of the Washington D.C. Centennial Celebration.












23 U.S. presidents were of Irish descent.

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