Sen. Rush: 'Irish-American Heritage Month... Please Celebrate Appropriately!'
How are you celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month - how about the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury?
Did you know that March is officially Irish-American Heritage Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts?
State Sen. Mike Rush, D-Norfolk/Suffolk, also the State House's historian - did know, and mentioned it on his Facebook page.
"It is Irish American Heritage Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please celebrate appropriately!" wrote state Sen. Mike Rush, D-Norfolk/Suffolk, about March's designation. (And if you're looking for more from Rush sign up for The Rush Report here.)
Rush also provided a link to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 6 Section 15FFFF, which states, "The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the month of March as Irish-American Heritage Month, in recognition of the significant contributions Irish-Americans have made to the commonwealth and to the United States. The governor may include such contributions as he shall see fit in such proclamation, after consultation with Irish-American groups, and shall recommend that said month be observed in an appropriate manner by the people."
"...said month be observed in an appropriate manner by the people."
So is this law outdated for modern times? Is is insulting to Irish-Americans? The same language is included in Massachusetts laws about Italian-American and Portuguese-American heritage months.
Let us know in the comments section.
Also, if you're looking for a good and safe Irish time, there is live Irish music on Friday and Sunday nights at the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury. Please celebrate responsibly.