Saturday, March 2, 2013

Irish-American Heritage Month March 2013 Official Presidential Proclamation



As one of the millions of Americans with Irish blood, I am proud to recall the struggles of my Irish ancestors to overcome the prejudice and hatred once visited upon Irish immigrants to this country.
Not unlike the struggles that many other immigrant groups are currently facing, the Irish people were often forced to leave their country because of famine and lack of opportunity in their own country.
It's time for all people to be recognized for their value and their unique contributions to world culture. No longer should hate and divisiveness caused by differences in background, heritage, skin color, ethnicity, or gender matter. We are all one. We are all related.

This post is in honor of my Irish ancestors:
The Brady's, MacBradaigh originally, which means "spirited" who came from County Cavan Ireland and gave many of their descendants red hair or, in my family's case, brunette hair with lots of red in it.
The Dunn's (originally O' Duinn), a name meaning "the dark one" either dark complexioned or dark haired, from Ulster province Ireland.
The Horner's, a name which means "one who made horn spoons" or "one who blew a horn", probably in an army.
The Wilson's, an Irish line of mine that I know little about as the last was a female who was adopted very young and knew little more than that she was Irish.
The Ruarks, originally O'Rourke, again I know little beyond the name and that they are Irish.
I have other probable Irish lines but Irish ancestry is notoriously difficult to trace and that is about all I know about these unknown Irish lines, just that they exist.
I honor you, in particular, my unnamed/unknown Irish ancestors. Just as happens now, so many immigrants lost their history and that is very sad.





President Obama officially launches Irish-American Heritage Month, 2013

Kicking off March’s St. Patrick’s Day, a celebration in a sea of green and remembering how the Irish shaped America


On Thursday evening President Barack Obama issued a proclamation officially announcing the launch of Irish-American Heritage Month, 2013. With ancestral roots in Moneygall, County Offaly, Obama referred to Ireland’s tradition of immigration to the United States, their contribution and inspiration.
The President drew to mind those immigrants who helped to shape and build America and also commented on how the tiny island of Ireland has “inspired” so many.
“For more than two centuries, America has been made and remade by striving, hopeful immigrants looking for a chance to pursue their dreams,” the President said.
“Millions among them were born in Ireland, separated from our shores but united by their belief in a better day. This month, we celebrate the Irish-American journey, and we reflect on the ways a nation so small has inspired so much in another.
“Generations of Irish left the land of their forebears to cast their fortunes with a young Republic.  Escaping the blight of famine or the burden of circumstance, many found hardship even here.  They endured prejudice and stinging ridicule. But through it all, these new citizens never gave up on one of our oldest ideas: that anyone from anywhere can write the next great chapter in the American story. So they raised families and built communities, earned a living and sent their kids to school.
“In time, what it meant to be Irish helped define what it means to be American. And as they did their part to make this country stronger, Irish Americans shared in its success, retaining the best of their heritage and passing it down to their children. That familiar story has been lived and cherished by Americans from all backgrounds, and it reaffirms our identity as a Nation of immigrants from all around the world. 
“So as we celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month, let us retell those stories of sweat and striving.  And as two nations united by people and principle, may America and Ireland always continue to move forward together in common purpose.” 

Barack Obama is himself of partial Irish descent, with ancestors coming from County Offlay, Ireland.


The Official Proclamation:

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

Presidential Proclamation -- Irish-American Heritage Month, 2013

IRISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2013
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION
For more than two centuries, America has been made and remade by striving, hopeful immigrants looking for a chance to pursue their dreams. Millions among them were born in Ireland, separated from our shores but united by their belief in a better day. This month, we celebrate the Irish-American journey, and we reflect on the ways a nation so small has inspired so much in another.
Generations of Irish left the land of their forebears to cast their fortunes with a young Republic. Escaping the blight of famine or the burden of circumstance, many found hardship even here. They endured prejudice and stinging ridicule. But through it all, these new citizens never gave up on one of our oldest ideas: that anyone from anywhere can write the next great chapter in the American story. So they raised families and built communities, earned a living and sent their kids to school. In time, what it meant to be Irish helped define what it means to be American. And as they did their part to make this country stronger, Irish Americans shared in its success, retaining the best of their heritage and passing it down to their children.
That familiar story has been lived and cherished by Americans from all backgrounds, and it reaffirms our identity as a Nation of immigrants from all around the world. So as we celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month, let us retell those stories of sweat and striving. And as two nations united by people and principle, may America and Ireland always continue to move forward together in common purpose.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2013 as Irish-American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
BARACK OBAMA






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