Today approximately 12% of the US population is of Irish Decent. The Irish American people have made contributions and served the people of the United States from our Country’s very beginnings. The Irish American people have helped to build America in many ways. In service, The Irish have traditionally taken up positions as Police, firefighters and in the military. In every US military conflict in our history, from our colonial conflicts and the Revolutionary War right through the current military actions being carried out today, Irish Americans have historically bled and died in service of the United States of America.
In the 1840s America adopted many Irish born as they fled "The great Irish Famine." These people adopted the slogan of “An Gorta Mor” (never forget the Great Hunger). As America provided salvation for the Irish people they eagerly took up the opportunities to better their lives and the lives of their families. These new Americans of the Emerald Isle filled the ranks those who served in the Military, Police and as Firefighters.
In the 1860s nearly half of the New York City Police Department were Irish born or of Irish decent. By 1910 New York City had more people of Irish decent living in it than in the entire population of Dublin.
In 1917 the New York State Police came into existence. Naturally, many of those who served as Troopers were of Irish decent. This is still the case today as many of the New York State Troopers share Irish heritage.
In 2009 two such Troopers took up the task of forming the New York State Troopers Emerald Society. Trooper Edward Gillespie and Trooper Gary Lewis began to organize and bring together Members of the State Troopers who shared in their dream of an Emerald Society for the State Police. Trooper Kenneth Gein, Investigator Michael Franz, Investigator Michael O’Sullivian and Investigator Robert Swanson came together with Troopers Gillespie and Lewis to make up the first Board of directors (the Executive Council). Together with the membership of the New York State Troopers Emerald Society Inc. they hope to forge an organization which will provide service and charity as well promote and celebrate the Irish and Celtic culture that they share.
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