The Ancient Order of Hibernians are shocked and disappointed that during a 3/11 press conference dealing with the response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and the heartbreaking announcement that for the first time in 258 years the NY St. Patrick’s Day parade will not take place on March 17th that NY Governor Andrew Cuomo decided that this was an appropriate time to engage in stereotypical stage-Irishmanism. In response to a question from a reporter concerning what authority he was invoking to cancel the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Governor decided to go for a cheap laugh by adopting a faux Irish accent and channeling the “Lucky Charms” Leprechaun. The video may be viewed below.
The Hibernians call upon Governor Cuomo issue an apology for his insensitive and inappropriate attempt at humor at this disappointing time for the Irish American Community. We invite the Irish American community to contact the Governor’s Office at (518) 474-8390 to tell him that there is no time for such denigrating humor targeting the Irish, least of all during a health crisis.