###MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Cleary, Executive Director Irish American Heritage Museum (518) 427-1916 Email: email@example.com
Albany, N.Y. - In keeping with the Irish American Heritage Museum's mission of education, Albany resident, State Assembly Member, and historian Jack McEneny will read "The Proclamation of the Republic" ("The 1916 Proclamation" or "Easter Proclamation") commemorating the date in Irish history that lead to the "Easter Rising" in Ireland's march to independence. Assemblyman McEneny's reading will be at 11:00 a.m. on Easter Monday morning, April 9, at the Museum at 370 Broadway, Albany. The historic 11-sentence proclamation of Irish Independence was originally read 96 years ago on Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, by Patrick Pearse on the steps of the General Post Office on what was then Sackville Street and is now O'Connell Street in Dublin, the city's main thoroughfare. The proclamation, signed by seven Irish leaders seeking independence from Briton, and its public reading marked the beginning of the Rising. One of the Proclamation's seven signers was James Connolly, who emigrated from Ireland and lived for a time in Troy, NY, before returning to Ireland to join in Ireland's move to independence. He is honored in Troy with a monument in his memory in Riverfront Park. The other leaders who signed the Proclamation were Thomas J. Clarke, Seán Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh, Patrick H. Pearse, Éamonn Ceannt, and Joseph Plunkett. ABOUT THE IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM The Museum is unique in the United States, where almost 40 million people claim Irish ancestry. The Museum is committed to the tenet that preserving one's heritage is vital to providing a cultural and historical foundation to future generations of Americans. The Irish American Heritage Museum was created by New York State Legislation in 1986 and permanently chartered by the New York State Education Department in 1992 as a 501c3 non-profit educational institution. The Museum's mission is to preserve and tell the story of the contributions of the Irish people and their culture in America, inspiring individuals to examine the importance of their own heritage as part of the American cultural mosaic.