Heritage is a reminder of the past. It refers to treasured objects and qualities that have been passed down from past generations. It entails the full range of our past, of monuments and objects that evoke a nostalgic sense of tradition and history. Reflecting on these reminders instills a sense of pride in how we identify ourselves as Irish-Americans. To paraphrase AOH historian Mike McCormick: When we study our Irish heritage we’ll have something of lasting value to offer our children. Many inspiring books are included in the Irish Cultural Society of Virginia’s list of suggested reading.