Resolution J453-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 2013 as Irish American Heritage Month in the State of New York



  • Feb 12, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 7, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim March 2013 as Irish American Heritage Month in the State of New

WHEREAS, From  America's  earliest  days,  Irish  immigrants  and  their
descendants  have contributed leadership, wisdom, and vitality to Ameri-
ca, through nine signers of the Declaration of Independence and 22 Pres-
idents with Irish roots as well as the indelible  mark  Irish  Americans
have  made  in  the  shaping  of  the  great State and City of New York,
through numerous Governors, Legislators, Mayors  and  public  officials;
  WHEREAS,  Throughout their long history, the Irish have been ardent in
their passion for liberty, hatred of oppression and renowned  for  their
loyalty  and thus, the Irish have, from the beginning, been prominent in
the defense of this Nation, with 20 of George Washington's generals  and
an  estimated  quarter  of  his  Army being composed of Irish Americans,
among them Timothy Murphy, a hero of the pivotal battle of Saratoga, New
York; and
  WHEREAS, Irish Americans  have  distinguished  themselves  ever  since
whenever  their  country  has called on them, as typified in the storied
"Fighting 69th" of New York who fought with courage and sacrifice on the
Battlefields of the American Civil War, World War  I  and  whose  Gaelic
battle  cry  of  "Faugh an Beallach" is still heard this day in Iraq and
Afghanistan in defense of our country; and
  WHEREAS, The first  Congressional  Medal  of  Honor  for  the  current
conflict  in  Afghanistan was awarded to Navy Seal Lieutenant Michael P.
Murphy of Smithtown, New York, who made the supreme  sacrifice  for  his
country; and
  WHEREAS,  Millions  of  Irish arrived in New York City in the mid-19th
Century, escaping hunger and injustice in their homeland, and where  New
York has long been a haven for immigrants, being the home of the "golden
door"  of  Ellis  Island, where the first immigrant to enter through its
passages to a new life in America was 15 year-old Annie Moore  of  Cork,
Ireland; and
  WHEREAS,  Irish  immigrants  and their descendants have contributed to
the building of this great society not only by the laying  of  railroads
and  the  building  of physical bridges, but also by building bridges of
the mind amongst all people through the founding  of  numerous  schools,
colleges  and universities, enhancing the quality of every phase of life
for all New Yorkers; and
  WHEREAS, Irish American women have a long and proud tradition of being
visionaries and trailblazers, whether it be Annie Sullivan, the  teacher
of  Helen Keller, crusading journalist Nelly Bly or New York's own Colo-
nel Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a Space Shuttle; and
  WHEREAS, Since 1762, Irish New Yorkers have been faithfully  celebrat-
ing  the feast of St. Patrick every March 17th, wherein they renew their
connections to the land of their ancestry, pass on their  traditions  to
the  next  generation,  and share their pride through joyous festivities
enjoyed by all New Yorkers irrespective of ethnicity; and
  WHEREAS, Irish Americans have made an indelible impression upon  every
human endeavor in art, music, literature, science, film, dance, theatre,
sports,  education,  law,  finance,  and  politics and shall continue to
embellish New York's shining future, reflecting the noble past  of  this
mighty race, with all the strength, resilience, humor and hospitality of
the Irish character; it is most fitting to set aside this month to high-
light  and  honor the history and heritage of the Irish Americans and to

remember and pay tribute to the contributions  they  have  made  to  our
State and our Nation; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That is Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to memo-
rialize  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 2013 as Irish Ameri-
can Heritage Month in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New


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