Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration – especially here in America — of all things Irish.
The United States, in some respects, might claim to be more Irish than Ireland: 36.3 million Americans claim Irish ancestry – more than any ethnicity except German. In other words, there are more than 8 times as many Irish descendants living in America as there are in Ireland itself (population 4 million).
For other interesting facts and fantasies about the Irish, drop by the library and take our Irish Trivia Quiz. Answer all the questions correctly and your compatriots will be green with envy.
(Trivia extra: The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762 – in New York City.)