This March will, once again, be proclaimed Irish-American Heritage Month by the county executive and city mayor.
Irish-American Heritage Month recognizes contributions by Irish descendants in the community, both past and present. Events throughout the area will commemorate and celebrate Irish people and culture.
The mayor and county executive will host a joint press conference to present the proclamation at 10 a.m. on March 9 in Rochester City Hall, 30 Church St., along with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Representatives from local Irish organizations will accept the proclamation. Attendees will enjoy Irish music, dancing and speeches.
Irish immigrants arrived in North America before the formation of the U.S. Notable patriots include Commodore Barry, the first Navy admiral after the Revolutionary War; Col. Patrick O’Rorke, a Civil War hero in Gettysburg; and Eamon de Valera, the mother of the first Republic of Ireland president. Many Irish-Americans helped build the U.S. through their efforts on the Erie Canal, a major trade route, and other projects.
Irish-American Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the impact of the Irish culture. Local events will offer the chance to hear, see, learn and participate in understanding how the Irish helped shape the country, state, county and city. Residents can attend an evening of entertainment at their town library Siamsa, watch documentaries on WXXI or hosted by Irish-American Cultural Institute, listen to traditional Irish music at a Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann session or enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that commemorates the patron saint of Ireland.