Irish & Catholic Sites Around DC

Irish Monuments & Sites around DC

Commodore John Barry Monument & PlazaHonoring the great Irish born war hero of the American Revolutionary War and 1st Commissioned Naval Officer -at United States Naval Academy at 121 Blake Rd, Annapolis, MD 21402 (Photo credit: Jay Linehan)Barry Monument

Arsenal Memorial- Honoring 19 young Irish immigrant girls tragically perished at the DC Arsenal during the Civil War while making munitions for the Union Army- at Congressional Cemetery on 18th & E Street in Washington, DC  (Click for more info)  (Watch Dedication Video)  DC_arsenal_cenotaph

Commodore John Barry Monument- Honoring the great Irish born war hero of the American Revolutionary War and 1st Commissioned Naval Officer- at 14th & I street in N.W. Washington, DC (Click for more info)                  100_2101

Robert Emmet Statue- Dedicated to Irish Nationalism, an orator, and an inspiration for Irish freedom-  Massachusetts Ave & 24th Street in N.W. Washington, DC (Click for more info)    Robert_Emmet statue

Nuns of the Battlefield Monument- Recognizing more than 600 nuns whom nursed Union & Confederate soldiers during the Civil War- M Street & Rhode Island Ave Washington, DC (Click for more info)                                                                              20140614_130739

President John F. Kennedy Gravesite- Final resting place of a well recognized Irish-American and the only United States President to be a member of the AOH- Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 22211 (Click for more info)   (Watch Arlington National Cemetery Event Video)                                                                   Arlington Cemetery

St Patrick’s Catholic Church- Oldest parish in Washington DC and founded to minister to the Irish workers constructing the White House and the U.S. Capitol- at 619 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Click for more info)                                                                                              100_2109

Charles Carroll of Carrollton Monument- The only Catholic signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll was an Irish-American, family descended from county Offaly in Ireland, and an early advocate of American Independence.  He was a delegate to the Continental Congress and the Confederation Congress in the early days of the United States- is across Westbrook Drive from the Vera Cope Weinbach Neighborhood Park, New Carrollton, MD 20784 (Click for more info)

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James Hoban Monument- Irish born Architect of the White House who commissioned many Irish to work on its construction and thus helping establish an early Irish community in the Federal City- at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1300 Bladensburg Road N.E., Washington, DC 20002  (Click for more info)

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Thomas Devin Reilly Monument- Irish revolutionary patriot, involved in the Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848, supporter of the Irish people during the Great Hunger, and an exiled journalist who advocated Irish independence in the United States – at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1300 Bladensburg Road N.E., Washington, DC 20002- JFK Division 5 is currently raising funds to restore the monument, send email to jackobrien2@msn.com for more info   (Click for more info)

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Mathew Brady Monument- One of the first American photographers in the United States and is well known for his photographs of American politicians and battle scenes during the U.S. Civil War. Mathew Brady was the youngest of three children of Irish immigrant parents- at Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street S.E., Washington, DC 20003 (Click for more info) Mathew Brady headstone

Senator/Brigadier General James Shields Monument Monument dedicated to the Irish born politician and Brigadier General of the US Union Army.  James Shields served as a Supreme court member of the state of Illinois, Governor of the Oregon Territory, U.S. Senator of the states of Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri and also served as a Brigadier General in the Union Army in the U.S. Civil War.- at the U.S. Capitol at East Capitol St NE & First Street SE, Washington, DC 20004 (Click for more info)  James Shields-Senator and General

General Philip H. Sheridan Monument Monument dedicated to the Irish General in the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War who commanded the Army of the Potomac and was instrumental in forcing the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox.  Was later appointed as the General of the Army of the United States in 1888- at Sheridan Circle on Massachusetts Ave and across the street from the Irish Embassy in NW Washington, DC (Click for more info)  

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Bishop John Carroll Monument Monument dedicated to the first bishop and Archbishop in the United States and the founder of Georgetown University, the oldest Roman Catholic university in the United States- at Georgetown University’s campus between Healy Hall and the front gate of the university at O Street and 37th Street in NW Washington, DC (Click for more info) Bishop John_Carroll_statue

Irish Railroad Workers Museum- Historic site and museum celebrating the history of Irish immigrants whom worked for the B&O Railroad in the 1840’s- at 918 Lemmon Street, Baltimore, MD 21223  (Click for more info)                                                                                           irish-shrine-and-railroad-workers-museum

Embassy of Ireland in Washington, DC- Irish Embassy in our nation’s capital housing the Irish Ambassador to the U.S., Anne Anderson- at 2234 Massachusetts Ave, Washington, DC 20008  (Click for more info) 

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Gettysburg & Antietam Civil War Battlefield Monuments

Gettysburg Irish Brigade Monument for 63rd, 69th,  88th NY Infantry, and 14th NY Independent Battery- Monument commemorating Union Irish Brigade soldiers who fought valiantly at the Gettysburg battle- at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Click for more info)  Irish Brigade Monument at Gettysburg

Gettysburg Monument for the 116th PA Volunteer Infantry Regiment- Monument dedicated to the Union 116th PA Infantry commanded by Irish born Major St. Clair A. Mulholland- at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Click for more info)    116th Penn Regiment-Gettysburg

Gettysburg Monument for Battery B, 1st New York Light Artillery- Monument dedicated to the Union Battery commanded by Captain James McKay Rorty which was stationed at Cemetery Ridge where Maj. Gen. George Pickett’s made his famous “Pickett’s Charge”- at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Click for more info) 

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Gettysburg Monument for Pennsylvania 69th Regiment- Monument dedicated to the Union Regiment commanded by Colonel Dennis O’Kane which opposed Maj. Gen. George Pickett’s famous “Pickett’s Charge” and repulsed his division- at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Click for more info) 

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Gettysburg Monument for 140th New York Infantry- Monument dedicated to the Union Regiment commanded by Colonel Patrick O’Rorke (Irish born) which established Union position on Little Round Top and was instrumental in securing this vital position – at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Click for more info) 140th NY Infantry

Gettysburg Monument for Father William Corby- Monument dedicated to the chaplain, of the Union 88th Regiment NY Infantry and 2nd Brigade 1st Division 2nd Corps, who blessed and gave absolution to the soldiers before battle in the Wheatfield at Gettysburg and would later serve as a two-time President of the University of Notre Dame – at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Click for more info) Father Corby Monument

Gettysburg Monument for 1st Division, 2nd Corps of the Army of the Potomac- Monument dedicated to the Union 1st Division, 2nd Corps commanded by Brigadier General John C. Caldwell which battled in the Wheatfield at Gettysburg – at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Click for more info) 1st Division, 2nd Corps of the Army of the Potomac

Gettysburg Monument for the 28th Massachusetts- Monument dedicated to the Union 28th Massachusetts commanded by Colonel Richard Byrnes which battled in the Wheatfield at Gettysburg – at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Click for more info) 28th Massachusetts

Gettysburg Monument for the 9th Massachusetts Battery- Monument dedicated to the Union 9th Massachusetts Battery commanded by Captain John Bigelow which was involved in the attack in the Wheatfield at Gettysburg. Three total monuments are dedicated to the 9th Mass, pictured below is the most prominent- at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Click for more info)                                     9th Massachusetts

Antietam Irish Brigade Monument- Monument commemorating the brave Irish Brigade (29th Mass. Infantry, 63rd NY Infantry, 69th NY Infantry, and 88th NY Infantry) soldiers who fought at Antietam during the bloodiest day of the Civil War- at 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, MD 21782 (Click for more info)

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***All Gettysburg Irish Monuments received a perpetual care endowment fund created by the Irish Cultural Society (President Jack O’Brien, Public Relations Director John McInerney, and Historian John Haltigan)


 

 Catholic Sites around DC

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception- The largest Catholic church in the United States, having a Byzantine-Romanesque style, featuring over 70 chapels dedicated to various saints and Catholic culture in countries across the world- at 400 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017 (Click for more info)              National Shrine

Saint John Paul II National Shrine- A shrine dedicated to Saint John Paul II with exhibits focusing on his life and legacy and an exhibit on the Catholic heritage of North America- at 3900 Harewood Road, Washington, DC 20017 (Click for more info) Saint John Paul II Center

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America- A Franciscan Monastery and gardens modeled after the Holy Land containing the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, of a neo-Byzantine style, completed in 1899- at 1400 Quincy Street NE, Washington, DC 20017 (Click for more info)                             100_2119

Historic St. Mary’s City- The first settlement and capitol of the Maryland colony which allowed freedom of conscience allowing people of varied faiths, including Catholics, to worship their faith freely- at 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686 (Click for more info)     St_Marys_City_Historic_District_Catholic_Church_Jul_09National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes- Replica of the religious pilgrimage site at Lourdes, France with the Stations of the Cross and visitor’s centerat 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, MD 20686 (Click for more info)                                              

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National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton- The National Shrine and Basilica dedicated to the life and mission of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on the grounds of where she lived.  She was the first native born U.S. citizen to be canonized.at 339 S. Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 (Click for more info) 

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The Shrine of Saint Anthony- An Italian architectural style shrine dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of finding lost articles and lost people – at 12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042 (Click for more info)         St Anthony Shrine