Representative Bradley Byrne

Representing the 1st District of Alabama

Byrne Introduces Irish American History Museum Legislation


Mar 17, 2017
Press Release

On St. Patrick’s Day, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today introduced legislation, H.R. 1596, to pave the way for the creation of a National Museum of Irish American History.

The bill is co-sponsored by co-chairs of the Congressional Friends of Ireland, Congressmen Pete King (R-NY) and Richard Neal (D-MA), in addition to Congressmen Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), James McGovern (D-MA), and Tim Murphy (R-PA).         

Byrne said: “Irish Americans have had a profound impact on the United States throughout our nation’s history. From the arts to politics to sports to business, there are so many stories to tell and lessons to be learned.

“On this St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone is Irish, it only makes sense to begin the process of establishing a national museum to honor and preserve the impact Irish Americans have had on our great nation.”

H.R. 1596, would establish a Commission to study the potential creation of a National Museum of Irish American History, which would be made up of 23 members with seven appointed by the President and the others appointed by House and Senate leadership of both parties.

The Commission would study a wide range of considerations related to the museum including location, cost, governance structure, and potential exhibits. The Commission’s study would be due two years after their first meeting.

Click here to read Congressman Byrne’s bill.