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"Throughout our history, America has welcomed millions of Irish immigrants to its shores. These proud people arrived seeking a better life for themselves, their families, and future generations. Many courageous individuals came during the terrible years of Ireland's Great Famine in the middle of the 19th century, and their road to prosperity was not easy. Many faced significant obstacles, including discrimination and poverty. Despite these challenges, Irish Americans have risen to success in every sector of our society.  

"Americans of Irish descent have played a vital role in shaping our history and culture. One-third to one-half of the American troops during the Revolutionary War and 9 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were Irish Americans. Irish Americans explored our frontiers, built many of our Nation's bridges, canals, and railroads, and their proud record of public service helped to fortify our democracy."

President George W. Bush
Proclamation, February 28, 2003

Of the total 3,440 individual Americans who have been awarded the Medal of Honor, at least 261 were born in Ireland, and scores of others were the children and grand children of Irish immigrants.  Thousands more Irish-Americans served with honor and distinction in defense of freedom for their adopted homeland.  Their service, and impact on our culture, is without question.

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Irish-American Heroes
Can YOU answer correctly?



What grandson of Irish immigrants earned the Medal of Honor in World War I, then went on to serve in World War II Intelligence services, becoming the "father" of our modern CIA and other intelligence networks?

 Your Answer


  1. William Wild Bill Donovan
  2. Father Patrick Duffy
  3. George McMurtry
  4. Richard O'Neil
  5. General John J. Pershing

In Times Square is a bronze statue of Father Francis Duffy,  chaplain and famed World War I hero of the Fighting 69th (Volunteer New York Infantry).  Which of the following is NOT true of the man who was revered by soldiers in the field, and about whom literary critic Alexander Woolcott eulogized saying: "Father Duffy was of such dimensions that he made New York into a small town."

Your Answer


  1. Father Duffy's Statue is the only statue of a priest in New York City.
  2. The cross in Father Duffy's statue is the only cross in Times Square.
  3. Father Duffy received the Medal of Honor in World War I. 
  4. Father Duffy was born in Canada, grandson of Irish immigrants.
  5. World War I was Father Duffy's third war of service in uniform.

Five of the 19 DOUBLE RECIPIENTS of the Medal of Honor were born in Ireland.  At least two others among these double heroes were children of Irish immigrants, including a scrappy young Irish kid who learned to fight as a newspaper boy, struggling for the best corners on the streets of New York, and then going on to become a semi-pro boxer.  Who was this fighting Irishman, who became one of the most decorated Americans in history?

Your Answer


  1. Smedley Darlington Butler (USMC)
  2. Henry Hogan (USA)
  3. Daniel Joseph Daly (USMC)
  4. Frank Dwight Baldwin (USA)
  5. Louis Cukela (USMC)

What early-1800s Irish drinking song with lyrics including:

We'll beat the bailiffs out of fun,
We'll make the mayor and sheriffs run
We are the boys no man dares dun
If he regards a whole skin.

became the unofficial battle-cry of the  7th US Cavalry, and a tradition in today's First Cavalry Division?

Your Answer

  1. "Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight"
  2. "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"
  3. "Wearing of the Green"
  4. "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground"
  5. "Garry Owen"

Of our Nation's 43 Presidents, how many claimed Irish ancestry?

Your Answer


  1. 1 - 5
  2. 6 - 10
  3. 11 - 15
  4. 16 - 20
  5. 21 or more

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