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Schenectady Hibernians opens doors for St. Patrick's Day

Rushing the River performs at a St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall in Schenectady on Sunday.
Rushing the River performs at a St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall in Schenectady on Sunday.
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As the old saying goes, everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. The Ancient Order of Hibernians — an exclusive organization that only allows Catholics of Irish descent to join their ranks — exemplifies this notion. Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, the Schenectady Hibernians open their doors and extend their hospitality so that nonmembers can join in the celebration of Ireland’s patron saint. But the Hibernians’ celebration isn’t all about quaffing beer or forking down ...

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pbd
March 17, 2014
3:19 p.m.

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I never knew only Catholics of Irish descent could join the Hibernians. C'mon, guys....it's 2014. Isn't that a bit out of the old days? Incidentally, my maternal grandparents immigrated to the US from Ireland in the early 20th century, and I'm proud to be 1/2 Irish-American. Irish heritage is one thing to celebrate & preserve, but one's religion is another matter altogether.

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