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Babylon Town declares March as Irish American heritage month

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The Town of Babylon is honoring Irish Americans for the entire month of March.

Town officials standing alongside the Ancient Order of Hibernians on Tuesday at Babylon Town Hall to announce March as Irish American Heritage month in Babylon.

Babylon Town Supervisor Richard Schaffer made the tribute official by appointing AOH St. Patrick’s Division 2 president Jim Killen with a proclamation. 

“Over the years, the Hibernians have been critical not just to me and my family, but to the community as a whole,” Schaffer said.

Schaffer added that he and the community were especially grateful to the AOH during Hurricane Sandy. The organization worked very closely with the American Legion in Babylon and saved a lot of lives by serving as a place of refuge.

Schaffer explains that this is one of the many reasons the town decided to honor the AOH.

A piper from the Saffron United Pipe Band was also in attendance to witness the honor and play traditional Irish music to celebrate.

Killen says AOH is kicking off the celebration with a full calendar of events happening throughout March, including Irish movie nights on Wednesdays.

On the evening of St. Patrick’s Day, the Division will be streaming musical entertainment from their YouTube Channel at 7:30 p.m to celebrate.

The musical line-up includes Andy Cooney, The Blue Ridge Band, Ed Ryan, The Galway Boys, and more.

All of the March events and activities will follow COVID-19 safety guidelines, including mask requirements, social distancing, and limited capacity.

Details of the AOH St. Patrick’s Division 2’s March events can be viewed on their website.

Top: Jim Killen, Richard Schaffer, and other town of Babylon officials and AOH members.