Fun facts about Irish American Heritage Month 2019 and the activities you can undertake to celebrate it after today’s Presidential proclamation.
It’s March 1 and with that comes the best month of the year: Irish American Heritage Month 2019. The honorary month was declared today in a proclamation from President Trump and we know that plenty of you have fun activities planned.
Irish American Heritage Month presidential proclamation
President Trump on March 1 declared Irish American Heritage Month, officially designating March to the Irish.
"We celebrate the indispensable contributions Irish Americans have made to every chapter of our nation's history," Trump said of the immigrant group.
"Generations of Irish immigrants have carried to our shores character, culture, and values that continue to play pivotal roles in the strength and success of America.
In a statement today marking the start of “Irish-American Heritage Month”, @realDonaldTrump says “we look forward to a bright future of continued friendship and cooperation between the United States and Ireland.” He’s due to meet with @campaignforleo later this month. @rtenews pic.twitter.com/W2SYUfXNRT— Brian O'Donovan (@BrianOD_News) March 1, 2019
"As we spend this month honoring the incredible history of Irish Americans, especially on St Patrick's Day, we look forward to a bright future of continued friendship and cooperation between the United States and Ireland,” the President added.
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Fun facts about Irish American Heritage Month
Irish American Heritage Month began in March 1991 to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants living in the United States.
During the month of St Patrick’s Day, the Taoiseach travels to the US to present the President with a bowl of shamrock, a traditional symbol of Ireland. This is generally followed by the Friends of Ireland Luncheon hosted by the current Speaker of the House and attended by the President or Vice-President.
During March 2019, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is set to travel to the White House.
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.@WhiteHouse announces @POTUS @realDonaldTrump has proclaimed March 2019 as Irish‑American Heritage Month. #ireland #Irish #StPatricksDay pic.twitter.com/Rzd9YdPGal— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) March 1, 2019
Irish American Heritage Month activities
There are plenty of ways for you to get involved in IrishCentral’s celebration of Irish American Heritage Month.
While we like to celebrate Irish people the whole year through, we understand that March brings out the big guns and that many of you may have incredible events planned over the next few weeks. If you have any videos or photographs of your events, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can show off just how big of a party we're all having.
If you wish to highlight events in your area or share your photos a different way, we've established a very special group dedicated to St Patrick's Day 2019 where you can do exactly that.
Don’t forget that you're also welcome to share your own stories with us at any time of the year through our contributor network "Irish Voices," where you can sign up to directly upload your Irish tale to IrishCentral and share it with our audience.
Once you're signed up, you'll be free to share any stories you wish with us throughout the year; on Irish events in your areas, interesting or inspiring pieces of Irish history we may have missed, or stories on Irish people doing great things the world over. You can find all the information on sign-up here.