Girardville is a borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 58 miles (93 km) northwest of Reading. Anthracite coal deposits are in the region. Coal-mining provided employment and incomes for many of the 3,666 people who lived there in 1900. In 1910, 4,396 individuals called it home. The population was 1,742 at the 2000 census. It was founded in 1832 and is named after Stephen Girard of Philadelphia who purchased large land holdings in and around the town. It was incorporated as a borough in 1872. It is known to many in Schuylkill County as "Gun-Town", for reasons unknown.
Girardville is the site of an annual St. Patrick's Day parade that is one of the largest in Pennsylvania. It made history on March 29, 2008 when former President Bill Clinton joined the marchers to the delight of 30,000 parade goers that lined the streets of the small coal town. The Annual AOH Girardville St. Patrick's Day Parade celebrated its 13th parade in 2016 and becomes more popular every year. It is known as "The Best and Biggest Little St. Patrick's Day Parade This Side of the Atlantic". It is truly a "Pipe Band" parade and those pipes call people back from all over Pennsylvania, the US, and beyond home to their Girardville roots.
Girardville had five churches, one New Community Fellowship Church, one Methodist Episcopal, one Lutheran and two Roman Catholic Churches, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Joseph. St. Joseph's Church was closed in July, 2015, while St. Vincent's was kept open as a worship center for the newly formed Parish of St. Charles Borremeo, with the main church in Ashland (the former St.Joseph's). The Reverend Father Edward B. Connolly was the last Pastor of both Catholic Churches. Father Connolly has appeared on EWTN in the series "Road to Cana". He has since retired.
Girardville was home to radio station WQDD-LP, until its license was cancelled by the Federal Communications Commission on June 27, 2018.
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