A few Irish facts to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

With today being St. Patrick’s Day, we figured we would dig up some interesting facts you could share with your friends or co-workers today:

  • The very first St. Patrick’s Day Parade happened on March 17, 1762, in New York City.  The parade today is still an annual tradition.
  • As of 2013, there are 33.3 million people with Irish ancsetry in the U.S. according to the  U.S. Census Bureau.
  • That makes it the second most popular European ancestry, beaten only by German.
  • There are a total of 18 places named Dublin, the capital of Ireland, in the U.S.  They are in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.
  • A total of 21.2% of people claimed Irish ancestry in Massachusetts, which is one of the highest in the nation.
  • 22.1% of people from the Boston metropolitan area claimed Irish ancestry, another one of the top Irish ancestry areas.

Do you have some interesting Irish facts?  Let us know on Twitter and Facebook!

via Syracuse

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