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St. Patrick's Day

"The immigrant's heart marches to the beat of two quite different drums, one from the old homeland and the other from the new. The immigrant has to bridge these two worlds, living comfortably in the new and bringing the best of his or her ancient identity and heritage to bear on life in an adopted homeland."

~ Mary McAleese

Saint Patrick's Day, while not a legal holiday in the United States, is widely recognised and observed throughout the country as a celebration of Irish and Irish-American culture. The holiday has been celebrated in U.S territory since 1601! About 32 million Americans — 9.7% of the total population — identified as having Irish ancestry in the latest 2019 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. This compares with a population of 6.9 million people in Ireland itself! 4 million people separately identified as Scots-Irish, whose ancestors were Ulster Scots who emigrated from Ireland to the United States. Others who self-identified as such were mostly Protestant Presbyterian Lowland Scottish colonists, the largest numbers coming from Galloway, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Ayrshire and the Scottish Borders including nearby parts of Northern England, or further north in the Scottish Lowlands and, to a much lesser extent, from the Highlands. Regardless, it's a day for getting your kilt on and getting your Celt on! Erin Go Bragh! 🇮🇪 🇺🇸 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 ☘️

Irish Americans (Irish: Gael-Mheiriceánaigh) are Americans who have full or partial ancestry from Ireland. 

Historians have characterized the etymology of the term "Scotch-Irish" as obscure and often misleading.  Historians David Hackett Fischer and James G. Leyburn note that usage of the term is unique to North American English and it is rarely used by British historians, or in Scotland or Ireland.

The first recorded usage of the term was by Elizabeth I of England in 1573 in reference to Gaelic-speaking Scottish Highlanders who crossed the Irish Sea and intermarried with the Irish Catholic natives of Ireland.

While Protestant immigrants from Ireland in the 18th century were more commonly identified as "Anglo-Irish," and while some preferred to self-identify as "Anglo-Irish,"usage of "Scotch-Irish" in reference to Ulster Scots who immigrated to the United States in the 18th century likely became common among Episcopalians and Quakers in Pennsylvania, and records show that usage of the term with this meaning was made as early as 1757 by the Anglo-Irish philosopher Edmund Burke.

However, multiple historians have noted that from the time of the American Revolutionary War until 1850, the term largely fell out of usage, because most Ulster Protestants self-identified as "Irish" until large waves of immigration by Irish Catholics both during and after the 1840s Great Famine in Ireland led those Ulster Protestants in America who lived in proximity to the new immigrants to change their self-identification from "Irish" to "Scotch-Irish," while those Ulster Protestants who did not live in proximity to Irish Catholics continued to self-identify as "Irish," or as time went on, to start self-identifying as being of "American ancestry."

A combination of the colors of the Irish and American flags, this tartan represents the huge number of Americans claiming Irish ancestry.

For a genealogical perspective of Irish emigrations from the 1840s on, click the collage.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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