Irish Blessing

May the blessing of God's soft rain

be on you.

Falling gently on your head,

refreshing your soul

With the sweetness of

little flowers 

newly blooming.

May the strength

of the winds of Heaven

bless you,

Carrying the rain

to wash your spirit clean

Sparkling after in the sunlight.

May the blessing

of God's earth

be on you,

And as you walk the roads,

May you always

have a kind word​

for those you meet.

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HIBERNIA MARCHING SOCIETY
P.O. Box 707
Biloxi, MS  39533

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​Annual Membership - $25  Family Annual Membership - $50
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OUR HISTORY

The Hibernia Marching Society was organized in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1978 and incorporated as The Hibernia Marching Society of Mississippi, Inc., in 1989.

Although the Society was not formally organized until 1978, informal gatherings were held for about seventeen years by several spirited Irish Americans at Mary Mahoney’s Old French House Restaurant in Biloxi, Mississippi. Often the idea of organizing a St. Patrick’s Day Parade was discussed, however, a wee bit of Irish Blarney tells us that the idea lasted no longer than the last bottle of Bushmill.

In 1978, Dr. John O’Keefe, a Biloxi physician, decided to take some action. He placed an article in the Sun Herald newspaper, extending an invitation to all Irish, and those who would like to be Irish, to attend a meeting at Mary Mahoney’s to discuss the organization of the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the establishment of a society to sponsor such events. From the modest beginning the Hibernia Marching Society of Mississippi, Inc. has become one of the largest and most viable organizations on the Gulf Coast offering a variety of events, most of which are described on this website.

The purpose of the Society is to promote interest in Irish Heritage and to develop a great appreciation for Irish Culture.Allied with these objections is the desire to experience good fun and good fellowship among members of the Society who are Irish by birth, marriage or desire.