(March 4, 2011) -- Governor Deval Patrick has issued a proclamation declaring March 2011 to be Irish Heritage Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The proclamation cites the state's first St. Patrick's Day gathering in March 1737, organized by the Charitable Irish Society, and also praises the accomplishments of Irish-American historical figures like painter John Singleton Copley, musician Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore, astronaut Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, Senator Ted Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy.
According to the US Census, 23.7% of all residents claim Irish ancestry, making Massachusetts the most Irish state in the United States.
For year round information on Irish-American culture, history and heritage in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.
For tourist information, visit MassVacation.com.