Posted by: Michele Erdvig | November 10, 2013

10½ Facts Every Irish American Should Know

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1. More people of Irish descent live in the United States of America than anywhere else, including Ireland. 

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2. The architect of the White House was Irishman James Hoban, born in County Kilkenny.

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3. It is St. Patrick’s Day or Paddy’s Day not Patty’s Day. Patty is a female name.

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4.  Eamon de Valera, prime minister and president of Ireland, was born in Brooklyn New York in 1882.

 

 

 

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5.  The oldest national symbol of Ireland is the harp not the shamrock.

 

 

 

 

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6. Saint Brendan of Clonfert may have discovered America in the sixth century.

 

 

 

 

 

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7. In 1585 Sir Walter Raleigh planted the first potatoes from the New World in Youghal, County Cork.

 

 

 

 

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8. The potato blight that led to the Irish Famine of the of the 1840s originated in the United States.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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10. Wexford born John Barry founded the American Navy.

 

 

 

 

 

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10½: St. Patrick was not Irish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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