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Hamburg Reporter - Hamburg, IA
  • Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17): 2012

  • 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 for all things Irish. The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers se...
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  • 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 for all things Irish. The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers serving in the English military. This parade became an annual event, with President Truman attending in 1948. Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1995, and the President issues a proclamation commemorating the occasion each year.        
     
                                                                   
    Population Distribution
     
     34.7 million  
     
    Number of U.S. residents who claimed Irish ancestry in 2010. This number was more than seven times the population of Ireland itself (4.58 million). Irish was the nation’s second most frequently reported ancestry, trailing only German.
     
    Sources: 2010 American Community Survey
    Ireland Central Statistics Office
    144,588
     
    Number of Irish-born naturalized U.S. residents in 2010.
     
    Source: 2010 American Community Survey
    13%
     
    Percent of New York state residents who were of Irish ancestry in 2010. This compares with a rate of 11.2 percent for the nation as a whole.
     
    Source: 2010 American Community Survey
    39.2 years old
    Median age of those who claim Irish ancestry is higher than U.S. residents as a whole
    (37.2 years).
     
    Source: 2010 American Community Survey
     

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