1. More people of Irish descent live in the United States of America than anywhere else, including Ireland.
2. The architect of the White House was Irishman James Hoban, born in County Kilkenny.
3. It is St. Patrick’s Day or Paddy’s Day not Patty’s Day. Patty is a female name.
4. Eamon de Valera, prime minister and president of Ireland, was born in Brooklyn New York in 1882.
5. The oldest national symbol of Ireland is the harp not the shamrock.
6. Saint Brendan of Clonfert may have discovered America in the sixth century.
7. In 1585 Sir Walter Raleigh planted the first potatoes from the New World in Youghal, County Cork.
8. The potato blight that led to the Irish Famine of the of the 1840s originated in the United States.
9. The official color of Ireland not green. Ireland has no national color, although St. Patrick’s blue has long been associated with Ireland throughout history.
10. Wexford born John Barry founded the American Navy.
10½: St. Patrick was not Irish.
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