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Sen. Green proposes Irish history month

Thursday, March 17, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:58 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 7, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, a state senator named Green is looking to honor the Irish in Missouri.

Sen. Tim Green, D-St. Louis, has proposed a resolution declaring March 2005 to be Irish-American Heritage Month.

“People from the Irish community asked me to sponsor this resolution,” Green said. “We want to make people aware of the history.”

“(As) we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and our shared heritage with Ireland, we remember as well our common love of liberty,” the resolution states.

MU history professor Kerby Miller, who is Irish, said it’s important that people remember that Irish history is full of strife and hardship.

“Irish History Month can be broadly meaningful and politically challenging,” Miller said, “if we remember that Ireland’s history was one of conquest, colonization, famine, resistance and armed rebellion.”

Duane Hamacher, an MU graduate student and founder of the Mizzou Celtic Society, said the measure is a great idea.

“This would be better than just Saint Patrick’s Day,” he said. “Many people don’t really know what the day is really about. Most people just use it as an excuse to get drunk.”

The resolution awaits final approval in the Senate.


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