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Saint Patrick Wasn’t Irish?

Saint Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland was actually born in Roman Britain.  Although St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th, that’s not his birthday. It’s supposedly the day of his death.

The St. Patrick’s Day we’re familiar with was mostly invented right here in America.

That’s not all that surprising.  Close to 36 million Americans claim to be of Irish descent. The entire population of Ireland is only about 4 million!

It’s the celebration of all things Irish. Parties, parades and the wearing of the green. Of course Chicago is famous for dying the Chicago River green

The first public celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in North America happened almost 300 years ago in Boston.

During the Revolutionary War, George Washington allowed his troops (many of whom had Irish roots) to have a holiday on March 17, 1780.

Close to 20 presidents, including John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan have had Irish ancestors.

If you’re don’t have any Irish blood yourself, chances are you know someone who does.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

 

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