Last week, many Americans celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green, supping on Irish stew and soda bread or corned beef and cabbage, and raising a pint of Guinness or a dram of Jameson’s. (Heck, even non-Irish heritage people “became” Irish for the day!)
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 39.6 million Americans claim an Irish background (with another five million identifying with a Scots-Irish heritage.) Wow! That is certainly a lot of people—nearly 15% of the American population!
Seeing the percentage of Americans who claim an Irish heritage, I wondered: How many of our ancestors were Irish?