California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 28

Introduced by Assembly Member Mullin

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Daly, Gallagher, and O'Donnell)

(Coauthor: Senator McGuire)

February 23, 2015

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 28—Relative to Irish American Heritage Month.


ACR 28, as introduced, Mullin. Irish American Heritage Month.

This measure would designate March 2015 as Irish American Heritage Month in honor of the multitude of contributions that Irish Americans have made to the country and state.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, Millions of Irish people, faced with severe hardship
2due to famine and poverty in their nation, immigrated to the United
3States over the last several centuries in search of a more promising
4future for themselves and their families; and

5WHEREAS, The journey to America from the Emerald Isle was
6not paved with gold. The Irish spirit of determination, perseverance,
7and grit prevailed against dangerous seas and deadly conditions
8with their hearts set on the horizon; and

9WHEREAS, Irish Americans initially suffered prejudice and
10discrimination upon first arriving in the United States. As the years
11went on, Irish Americans became deeply integrated in their
12communities and made numerous contributions in all aspects of
13American society and culture; and

P2    1WHEREAS, Irish Americans played vital roles in the
2development of the United States. Nine Irish Americans were
3signers of the Declaration of Independence, and 22 Presidents of
4the United States have been of Irish heritage, including John F.
5Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama; and

6WHEREAS, Many people of Irish descent have contributed to
7great movements that have helped to shape our country and its
8role in the world, including Mother Jones, labor activist; Lucy
9Burns, activist in the Women’s Movement; and Senator George
10Mitchell, negotiator of the Irish Peace Accord; and

11WHEREAS, Irish Americans have also played a major role in
12California politics as governors, legislative leaders, city mayors,
13and other public officials, who have worked tirelessly to build
14California to the state that it is today; and

15WHEREAS, Irish Americans were significantly involved in the
16development of infrastructure throughout the United States,
17especially in California. This included work on railroads and
18bridges that connected the West to the East. The Irish were also
19instrumental in the building of dams, roads, canals, and buildings
20that expanded greatly in the late 1800s; and

21WHEREAS, Many Irish Americans have made their mark as
22peace officers and firefighters, and have risked or lost their lives
23on countless occasions in carrying out their duties; and

24WHEREAS, Many outstanding soldiers, never to be forgotten,
25who fought for American freedom in the Revolutionary War were
26of Irish descent. Irish Americans have proudly served with
27distinction in every war that this nation has fought and continue
28to do so today; and

29WHEREAS, Many Irish Americans have contributed greatly to
30the United States economy in business, including: Alexander
31Stewart, the inventor of the American department store; Cathleen
32Black, president of Hearst Publishing; Jack Welch, former president
33and chief executive officer of General Electric; Herb Kelleher,
34cofounder of Southwest Airlines; Paul Adams of Facebook; John
35Donahoe, chief executive officer of eBay, Inc.; Conrad Burke,
36founder of Innovalight; and Maggie Sullivan Wilderotter, chief
37executive officer of Frontier Communications; and

38WHEREAS, Irish Americans have contributed to the field of
39science, including: astronaut, Michael Collins; first female
40commander of a space shuttle, Eileen Collins; physicist and Nobel
P3    1Laureate, Charles Townes; and bioengineer and MacArthur
2“Genius grant” recipient, James Collins; and

3WHEREAS, Irish Americans have contributed to the American
4literary tradition through great authors, including Flannery
5O’Connor, Eugene O’Neill, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mary McCarthy,
6Tom Clancy, and Frank McCourt; and

7WHEREAS, Irish Americans have contributed to American
8entertainment with such stars as actors Jack Nicholson, John
9Wayne, and George Clooney; actor and comedian Bill Murray;
10actress Grace Kelly; actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell; actor
11and singer Bing Crosby; actress and singer Rosemary Clooney;
12actress and singer Judy Garland; comedian Conan O’Brien; and
13actor and director Edward Burns, all being of Irish heritage; and

14WHEREAS, Today, over 34 million Americans claim Irish
15heritage, and they continue to contribute to the American and
16California politics, economy, and culture; now, therefore, be it

17Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
18thereof concurring,
That the Legislature, in honor of the multitude
19of contributions that Irish Americans have made to make this a
20better country and state for all people, designates March 2015 to
21be Irish American Heritage Month in California, and calls upon
22the people of the state to observe the month of March with
23appropriate ceremonies, programs, and activities, especially on
24March 17, since everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day; and be it

26Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
27of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.