Flynn helps to kick off Irish-American Month at Capitol (with VIDEO)

HARRISBURG, March 7 – State Rep. Marty Flynn today took part in a ceremony kicking off Irish-American Heritage Month at the state Capitol.

Flynn joined Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortes and state Sens. John Blake and John Rafferty in welcoming Consul General of Ireland Barbara Jones to the Capitol.

Flynn presented Jones with a House of Representatives citation recognizing Irish-American Heritage Month in Pennsylvania.

“Since the founding of our nation, American citizens of Irish descent have been responsible for numerous irreplaceable contributions both in Pennsylvania and the United States. Historically, soldiers who were born in Ireland or of Irish decent fought under General George Washington in the Continental Army and in every major conflict the United States has ever had. These contributions continue today across a range of fields, not only in the military but also in academia, business, literature, science, politics and even in sports.

“In recognition of Irish Americans and their contributions, the commonwealth hosts some of the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country, including in Scranton. Pennsylvanians, regardless of their ethnicity, proudly join in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day every March 17th,” Flynn said.

The event also served to open an exhibit by Philadelphia photographer Robin Hiteshew titled “The Face of Irish Music” which will be on display in the Capitol’s East Wing through March 20.