Fun St. Patrick’s Day Facts
Top of the morning to ye! With major celebrations taking place this March 17th on St. Patrick’s Day, there will be at least one day in 2010 when everyone is Irish. Interestingly, 36.3 million Americans claimed Irish ancestry at last count in 2008. That’s more than eight times the population of Ireland! The celebration honoring the man who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century saw its first parade in 1762. But that day has since expanded, especially since Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1995. More than anywhere else, the month is a celebration in the state of Massachusetts, where 24 percent of people have Irish ancestry, compared to 12 percent as a national average.