Ireland House Oral History Collection

Hilary Beirne

Hilary Beirne

Created/Published:

26 October 2009

2 hours, 28 minutes, 36 seconds

Preferred Citation:

Ireland House Oral History Collection, Archives of Irish America, New York University

Biographical Note:

Hilary Beirne (b. 1961) is an Irish-born American citizen, a science teacher in Westchester county, and one of the prominent figures in the orchestration of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He grew up on the border of Roscommon and Leitrim Counties, in the Republic of Ireland. After earning a degree in agricultural sciences, he worked for various agricultural businesses in Ireland and Northern Ireland. He immigrated to America to become a teacher, and soon started working for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with his uncle Frank Beirne. This led to a life-time of dedication to the parade. He is married with one son.

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  1. A news clipping of a job promotion for Hilary at Volac Feeds, Ltd., where he worked before leaving Ireland.
  2. Hilary (r) and his twin brother Kenneth.
  3. Hilary (r) and his twin celebrating an adult birthday.
  4. A family photo of John and Ethel Beirne and their seven daughters and three sons. Hilary is in the back row on the left.
  5. Hilary marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, NYC.
  6. Hilary, his wife, Marguerite, and son.
  7. Early family portrait of the Beirnes with just seven children.
  8. Hilary and his twin Irish dancing.
  9. Demonstration of wrapping of bailed silage, an innovative technique Hilary helped bring to market.
  10. Hilary and his twin in dancing costumes with other dancers.
  11. Hilary in the field (far left).
  12. Clip from Hilary’s days at Volac Feed, Ltd.

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Photo Credit:

  1. A news clipping of a job promotion for Hilary at Volac Feeds, Ltd., where he worked before leaving Ireland.
  2. Hilary (r) and his twin brother Kenneth.
  3. Hilary (r) and his twin celebrating an adult birthday.
  4. A family photo of John and Ethel Beirne and their seven daughters and three sons. Hilary is in the back row on the left.
  5. Hilary marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, NYC.
  6. Hilary, his wife, Marguerite, and son.
  7. Early family portrait of the Beirnes with just seven children.
  8. Hilary and his twin Irish dancing.
  9. Demonstration of wrapping of bailed silage, an innovative technique Hilary helped bring to market.
  10. Hilary and his twin in dancing costumes with other dancers.
  11. Hilary in the field (far left).
  12. Clip from Hilary’s days at Volac Feed, Ltd.