Driscoll introduces Irish-American Heritage Month resolution

HARRISBURG, March 12 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., announced he has introduced H.R. 120, designating March 2019 as “Irish-American Heritage Month” in Pennsylvania.

“Since this nation’s founding, American citizens of Irish descent have made many significant contributions both within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States. Today, they continue to thrive and excel in many spheres of human endeavor, from academia to business and beyond,” Driscoll said.

The celebration of Irish heritage is a long-standing tradition in the commonwealth, which hosts among the largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country each year. Irish heritage will be celebrated from Philadelphia, where the city's parade first took place in 1771, to Scranton, which hosts the second-largest St. Patrick’s parade in the country.

“As a proud Irish-American myself, it is always an honor to sponsor a resolution recognizing the impact Irish-Americans have been making since before our country’s founding. Thank you to my co-sponsors for their show of support and for extending their best wishes to the Irish community with House Resolution 120,” Driscoll said.

The resolution’s co-sponsors include Reps. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, and Tim Hennessey, R-Chester/Montgomery.