Posts Tagged ‘Irish Americans’

The Season’s Upon Us

December 26, 2018

“The Season’s Upon Us,” by the Boston area’s Dropkick Murphys.

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The Season’s Upon Us

December 25, 2016

“The Season’s Upon Us,” by the Boston area’s Dropkick Murphys.

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March 17th

March 17, 2016

March 17th

March 17th marks an American popular and commercial holiday with roots in the liturgical calendar. The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City (1848) started and ended at memorials to George Washington and allowed Irish Americans to demonstrate both their love of their heritage and allegiance to their new country. They weren’t trusted by many of the native-born because they were, you know, immigrants. Today the holiday presents an equal opportunity for all American adults to dye their tongues green.

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The Season’s Upon Us

December 25, 2015

“The Season’s Upon Us,” by the Boston area’s Dropkick Murphys.

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Christmas in Killarney

December 22, 2015

“Christmas in Killarney,” written by James Cavanaugh, John Redmond and Frank Weldon, recorded in 1950 by Dennis Day, accompanied by the Mellomen and the Henri René Orchestra.

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March 17th

March 17, 2015

March 17th

St. Patrick is a patron of Ireland.  March 17th, the liturgical Feast of St. Patrick, occurs during the Lenten fast. Think about it.

And think about the potato (Solanum tuberosum; Gaelic “práta,” anglicized to “pratie“). Successful introduction of the New World crop bolstered the Irish countryside; the crop failures of the Potato Famine sent Irishmen to the USA, where the Irish-American secular observance of St. Patrick’s Day developed in Boston, New York and Chicago for a century before it was exported back to Ireland. Faith and Begorrah! “Globalization’ wasn’t invented yesterday.

Read Gregory McNamee’s excellent post on the Britannica blog, and stop by the Potato Museum on your way back from the pub.

Related:

“The fading of the green,” Drew DeSilver, Pew Research

“How Irish Are People Who Identify As ‘Irish-American’?” Walt Hickey, FiveThirtyEight

“How Corned Beef and Cabbage Became a Holiday Staple,” Craig Morris, USDA Blog

“No One Really Knows What a Shamrock Is,” Bess Lovejoy, Smithsonian Magazine

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Sure, an’ all, wee Mr. Potato Head® is a registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc.,  used here under the “satire” provision of the Fair Use doctrine, dontcha know.  Mr. Head is a Yank “Baby Boomer,” but clean the paidrín up and he makes a proper little leprechaun.

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Faith and Begorrah!

March 17, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day on ice. You go, Gaels!

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