The Irish American Association of Northwest Jersey (IAANJ) was founded in 1974 when a small group realized how many Irish people had relocated to the area, as well as the many of Irish decent already living there. The newly formed association met for the first few years in the St Mary's School in Wharton. The IAANJ's main goal is to promote and preserve Irish Culture and to create an awareness of the contribution the Irish made and continue to make in building this great country.
In 1977, the former Mt Pleasant School on Richard Mine Road in Rockaway Township was purchased. It is the center of Irish arts and entertainment in Northwest Jersey. In addition to hosting a variety of cultural events throughout the year, classes in Irish step dancing, Adult Ceili dancing and Irish music and language.
The AANJ jointly runs the Morris County St Patrick's Day Parade with the Friendly Sons of St Patrick, which is held in Morristown each year. The Association also runs an Annual Irish Festival/Feis in September. Please check out the links for more information to these events.