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Newest member of Bergen Pipe Band prepares to march in Bergenfield's St. Patrick's Day Parade, 1999
Newest member of Bergen Pipe Band prepares to march in Bergenfield's St. Patrick Day Parade. Photo: Danielle Richards / Bergen Record, March 15, 1999

The Irish of the Fifth District

The Irish are the second largest ethnic group in the State of New Jersey; approximately 150,000 of Irish ancestry live in the 5th Congressional District of New Jersey. The project focuses on Irish organization, people, and events of Bergen County, which is part of the 5th District.

Videos, photos and written materials document Irish-Americans in this part of New Jersey. The four videos included with the project are: 1995 Great Hunger ( An Gorta Mor) Commemoration; the 1999 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Bergenfield; the IAUC (Irish American Unity Conference) Brunch (1999); and the IAUC Convention (1998). Irish American organizations covered include the Bergen Irish Association; Clan Na Vale Pipe Band (teaching and practice); St. Joseph's Gaelic Football Club; the New Jersey Gaelic League; and the Irish American Unity Conference. Photos and stories feature: Gaelic mass in Dumont, Irish dancing schools and Project Children picnic. Written reports and personal letters will focus on: the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace; history of Irish organizations in the 5th Congressional district; life in the district as told by immigrant Irish-Americans, including military service, why they came here, community service and children and grandchildren.

Originally submitted by: Marge Roukema, Representative (5th District).



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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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