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The Irish of Gloucester City Celebrate The 100th Anniversary of Irish Independence

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The Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan, Bishop of the Camden Diocese, (center) and Monsignor William Hodge, (left) Pastor of St. Mary's Parish, Gloucester City lead the parade, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Irish Independence.  Also in the line of march were the Knights of Columbus, political dignitaries and  several marching bands, along with Irish dance troupes

 

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                                                       By CNBNews Staff

GLOUCESTER CITY N.J. (March 6, 2016)--The Irish of Gloucester City celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Irish Independence today, Sunday with a large parade that began at King and IMG_6727Monmouth Streets and traveled  east on Monmouth Street ending at Johnson Blvd. 

The parade was organized by  Monsignor William Hodge, Pastor of St. Mary's Parish. This was the first  Irish Parade in the City of Gloucester despite the fact that 34.2% of Gloucester City residents were of Irish ancestry, the ninth-highest percentage of any municipality in the United States, and third-highest in New Jersey, among all places with more than 1,000 residents identifying their ancestry, according to wikipedia.org. [22)

 Earlier in the day an Irish-themed Mass was held at St. Mary’s Church, Monmouth and Atlantic Streets.

IMG_6763The parade kicked off a week of events leading up to St. Patrick's Day on March 17.

Friday, March, 11, the annual St. Mary’s Irish Nite will begin at 5 p.m/. in the Gloucester Catholic High School auditorium. From 6 to 8 p.m. buffet dinner, BYOB. Starting at 8:30 p.m. live show highlighting Irish Independence from England. Irish dancing and music

Wednesday, March 16, on the eve of the St. Patrick’s Feast, there will be an ecumenical service at St. Mary’s Church and a sermon given by Associate Pastor Stephen DeRose of the Highland Park Church of God, Market Street and Baynes Avenue.

The parade was sponsored by the Camden County Freeholders Board.

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