During the month of St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate Irish‑American Heritage Month and the tremendous role Irish immigrants and their descendants have played in the development of our great Nation. Irish-American Heritage Month is a great opportunity to celebrate the nearly 33 million Americans with Irish ancestry and their tremendous contributions to the betterment of our country. This month, and every month, we appreciate their efforts in helping usher in a new era of American prosperity. Irish Americans have distinguished themselves in every sector of American life. Many have been … More...
About Irish American Heritage Month
Since 1991, Presidents of both political parties has designated March as Irish American Heritage Month to recognize the contribution that Irish immigrants and their descendants have played in the formation of our Nation.
Sergeant Major Daniel Daly, USMC “The fightinest Marine”
Lt. Col. Joseph Jeremiah McCarthy, “A hero at every campaign and everything he did”
John Phillip Holland, Father of the Modern Submarine
John Ford, the Father of the “Quiet Man”
Commodore John Barry, Hero of the American Revolution
Colonel Eileen Collins, A Child of Immigrants Who Attained the Stars
“Wild Bill” Donovan
Despite this, the public is largely unaware of “Irish-American Heritage Month”. Should not the contributions of Irish American have the same national and institutional recognition as other ethnic cultural celebrations, such as; National African American History/Black History Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month, Asia/Pacific American Heritage Month? Yet while taxpayer financed institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress and even the armed services actively celebrate and recognize the contribution of the groups mentioned above through special programs and materials, they continue to ignore the contributions of Irish Americans. Full and appropriate national celebrations and recognition can only happen when all Americans take action. Irish Americans have done so much to shape and form virtually all areas of life in the United States throughout our country’s great history. We must act now and speak up in order to be heard.