2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
February 24, 2017 - Introduced by Representative Murphy. Referred to Committee
on Rules.
AR5,1,1 1Relating to: celebrating Saint Patrick's Day on March 17, 2017.
AR5,1,32 Whereas, March 17 is Saint Patrick's Day, a day honoring the patron saint of
3Ireland; and
AR5,1,94 Whereas, Saint Patrick was born in Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, Scotland, in
5AD 387; captured and enslaved by Irish marauders at the age of 16; converted to
6Christianity; escaped slavery; entered the clergy; was named bishop of Ireland;
7returned to Ireland; converted Irish pagans to Christianity; established many
8monasteries, churches, and schools all over Ireland; and died on March 17 in AD 461;
AR5,1,1210 Whereas, Irish monks and scholars at the monasteries and schools founded by
11Saint Patrick preserved much of the learning that was lost throughout the rest of
12Europe during the collapse of the Western Roman Empire; and
AR5,1,1413 Whereas, natives of Ireland began moving to Wisconsin during the 1840s,
14driven in part by the wake of the Great Famine; and
1Whereas, Irish immigrants in Wisconsin principally settled in Brown,
2Calumet, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Green
3Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, La Crosse, Lafayette, Manitowoc,
4Marquette, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, St. Croix, Sauk,
5Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, and Winnebago counties; and
AR5,2,96 Whereas, on September 8, 1860, the steamer Lady Elgin sank off the bluffs near
7Winnetka, Illinois, taking the lives of 297 people, including many of the
8Irish-American political leaders from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and marking the end
9of the Irish domination of Milwaukee politics; and
AR5,2,1210 Whereas, Irish immigrants constituted the majority of the 17th Wisconsin
11Infantry, which fought in many of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War,
12including the Battles of Vicksburg, Shiloh, and Corinth; and
AR5,2,1513 Whereas, the 17th Wisconsin Infantry contained company names such as the
14Mulligan Guards of Kenosha, the Peep O'Day Boys of Racine, and the Emmett
15Guards of Dodge; and
AR5,2,1816 Whereas, the 17th Wisconsin Infantry led a fearless bayonet charge at the
17Battle of Corinth with the Irish Gaelic battle cry, “Faugh a ballagh!" which translates
18as “Clear the way!"; and
AR5,2,2119 Whereas, the Smithsonian Institution's National Folk Life program named
20Milwaukee's Irish Fest the “largest and best Irish cultural event in North America";
AR5,2,2422 Whereas, 11 percent of Wisconsin residents claimed to be of Irish descent for the
23U.S. Census in 2000, making Irish ancestry in Wisconsin second only to those
24claiming German heritage; and
1Whereas, though originally a solemn Catholic holy day, Saint Patrick's Day has
2evolved into a much more secular holiday celebrating Irish music, culture, and
3heritage; now, therefore, be it
AR5,3,8 4Resolved by the assembly, That the members of the Wisconsin assembly
5salute all of the persons of Irish descent for their significant contributions to this
6state, express appreciation for those persons who have kept alive Irish culture and
7traditions, and join with all Wisconsinites who revere their Irish heritage in
8celebrating Saint Patrick's Day on March 17, 2017.
AR5,3,99 (End)