Irish Vice Consul Visits Butte
On April 21st, members of the Butte-Silver Bow AOH attended a luncheon with special guest Barry O’Brien, Vice Consul to the Consulate General of Ireland. Visiting Butte with his parents, O’Brien said he could feel the legacy of Ireland throughout the state, especially in the Mining City of Butte.
The Butte AOH was organized in 1881 giving support to the thousands of Irish immigrants who came to Butte to work in the copper mines. The fraternal organization offered a sense of security and stability by getting its members jobs in the mines and elsewhere and by attending to their everyday needs to include expenses when sick or injured. The AOH played a critical and significant role in the assimilation of the arriving Irish into the mining community of Butte.