According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 32.7 million Americans claim Irish ancestry; that’s seven times more than the population of Ireland. No wonder everyone loves to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day! Saint Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in Boston on March 17, 1737 as a way to bring Irish immigrants together. Originally a solemn, religious occasion, Saint Patrick’s Day is now celebrated in communities all over the world with a considerably less somber tone.
Whether you’re Irish or not, you can add some Irish culture to your life any time that you like. You can research your heritage, listen to Irish music, and learn some new recipes; you may not even have to leave your house!
You can use Hoopla to find traditional Irish music by artists such as Paddy Carty, Gerry O’Connor, Johnny McEvoy, and Joe Dolan, as well as a wide variety of Celtic music. You can stream it right on your computer or wireless device!
You can learn a lot about a culture from the food that they eat! Borrow one of these books and create some Irish cuisine. Classic or modern? It’s up to you!
Do you want to learn more about your ancestors in Ireland? Start with one of these genealogy guides or visit the library to use Ancestry Library.