Governor Charlie Baker proclaimed, March, 2017 as IRISH HERITAGE MONTH in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
With 20.5% of all residents claiming Irish ancestry, Massachusetts is considered the most Irish state in the nation, along with New Hampshire.
In the proclamation, Governor Baker cited Irish-Americans from Massachusetts who were heroes during the Revolutionary War, including Patrick Carr and Colonel Henry Knox of Boston and Nathaniel Tracy of Newburyport. He mentioned Massachusetts residents who have made made significant contributions to society and the nation, including teachers Annie Sullivan and Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, artist John Singleton Copley and Olympian James Brendan Connolly.
Governor Baker also mentioned the centennial birthday of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who was born in Brookline on May 29, 1917, a date being celebrated by the John F. Kennedy Library and others throughout the state this year.
To find out more about Irish history in Massachusetts, visit IrishHeritageTrail.com.
For year round details on Irish cultural events, go to IrishMassachusetts.com.