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Irish Americans have a rich history and have made significant contributions in various fields, including politics, arts, sports, business, and education. The celebration of Irish American Heritage Month aims to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of Irish Americans to the cultural, social, and economic fabric of the United States.
Robert Emmett O’Malley and Thomas Patrick Noonan were born within five months of each other in the historically Irish community of Woodside, Queens, NY. A picture of the 1949 Kindergarten class of P.S. 76 shows the two boys as classmates. The two attended school and church together and were close friends throughout childhood. Both enlisted in the United States Marines and earned the Medal of Honor, one making the ultimate sacrifice. Learn more at http://aoh.com . #iahm #irishamerican #usmc
An immigrant from County Cork, Francis O'Neill was sworn in as a policeman on the Chicago Police Department in 1873. Just a few months later he was shot while apprehending a notorious gangster. The bullet was too close to the spine to be removed, and O’Neill carried it for the rest of his life. O'Neill soon worked his way up through the ranks, eventually obtaining its highest rank as Superintendent, also known as “Chief.” However, O'Neill is more famous for a rescue, the rescue of Irish music. #iahm #irishmusic #irishtradmusic #musichistory
Dr. J.B. Murphy. Born to impoverished Irish immigrant parents Dr. J.B. Murphy was described by Dr. William J Mayo, one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic, as "the surgical genius of our generation." Dr. J.B. Murphy gained national attention as being one of the doctors to attend to the injured from Chicago’s Haymarket riots and later for being the attending physician to former President Theodore Roosevelt after an unsuccessful assassination attempt. Dr. J.B. Murphy was a medical pioneer. Learn more about his many medical innovations at AOH.com. #iahm #irishamerican #irishamericanheritagemonth #medicalhistory
As an Army chaplain, Fr. Francis L. Sampson saw combat in two wars and earned the nickname of "the Parachuting Padre." His actions during the D-Day campaign would be adapted as part of two major motion pictures, "The Longest Day" and "Saving Private Ryan", though in both his actions would be attributed to others. Recommended for a Medal of Honor by no less a person then General Eisenhower, it was denied because of biases against Chaplains receiving the award. Learn more at: https://aoh.com/2023/03/02/irish-amer... #iahm #irishamerican