Galloway honors Hibernian Heritage Month with House resolution

HARRISBURG, March 12 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Rep. John Galloway recognizing March as Hibernian Heritage Month in Pennsylvania.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is the oldest Irish Catholic organization in America and was founded concurrently in New York and Pennsylvania in May 1836.

“The Ancient Order of Hibernians are one of those great civic enrichment groups that add so much to the culture, history and pride here for Bucks County – as well as across the commonwealth,” said Galloway, D-Bucks.

“And, as we look forward to the annual Bucks County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, I never miss the opportunity to point out that the Bristol Ancient Order of Hibernians Division No. 1 is the oldest division in the United States – a fact I’m proud to boast as a member.”

The group’s roots can be traced back 300 years earlier when members’ ancestors risked their lives to keep the Irish language, culture and Roman Catholic religion alive in Ireland.

The twin goals of the organization are to assist in the reunification of Ireland and promote Irish culture; additionally, it historically gave aid to the newly arrived Irish, both economically and socially, and is among the first to welcome new Irish immigrants.

There are more than 80,000 members of the Hibernians in 46 states, Canada and Ireland.