Senator Murphy


SPRINGFIELD –To honor the one million Irish-Americans living in Illinois, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) is working to designate April 18 as the Republic of Ireland Day in Illinois.

“I am proud that my district is home to a diverse group of immigrants and the descendants of immigrants, a large group of whom are of Irish descent,” Murphy said. “It is important for us to commemorate the lasting impact Irish-Americans have made by designating this day.”

On April 18, 1949, Ireland officially declared itself independent from Great Britain. Therefore, this date is significant to many Irish-Americans, and there are many events and celebrations in its honor across the state.   

Murphy’s bill would require the governor to issue a proclamation announcing the recognition of Republic of Ireland Day 10 days in advance, and designate the official events that are being held in honor of the day. Since Illinois has a large population of Irish-American immigrants and many gatherings in celebration of Irish holidays, such as the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Chicago, designating the Republic of Ireland Day as a commemorative day would further honor Irish-American immigrants in Illinois.

“Irish-Americans are a fundamental part of Illinois history and our state’s culture,” Murphy said. “Designating April 18 as the Republic of Ireland Day will let them know how much we appreciate their contributions throughout history, and how they are presently valued as members of our communities.”

Murphy is the chief sponsor for House Bill 4811. The bill awaits review in the Senate State Government committee.