Irish-American Heritage Month


WHEREAS, Virginians of all ethnic backgrounds contribute to our Commonwealth's rich cultural diversity, storied history and promising future, and it is important for Virginians to recognize the positive contributions to our society made by people of all heritage groups; and

WHEREAS, from the founding of the Commonwealth to the present day, people of Irish heritage have long enjoyed a rich and proud history in Virginia including their many contributions to religion, charity, education, literature, government and military service; and

WHEREASIrish-born and Irish-American colonists shed their blood for our independence during the American Revolution, and our nation's founding documents include the signatures of many Americans of Irish heritage; and

WHEREAS, in the 19th century, millions of Irish people, left behind the atrocities of poverty, famine and political oppression in their native land to emigrate to America; and

WHEREAS, March is the month when Irish Americans traditionally celebrate their ties to Ireland with music, laughter, festivals and parades;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 2015 as IRISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.