Today is St. Patrick's Day: Some Facts and Links
(Vintage St. Patrick's Day Card. Image licensed under a Creative Commons license. Found here, from Don Harrison) March 17th is the holiday of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Here are some interesting facts related to the holiday, from the folks at the U.S. Census Bureau. You can find the complete document here. Did you know?
- 36 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry. "This number is almost nine times the population of Ireland itself (slightly more than 4 million). Irish is the nation’s second most frequently reported ancestry, trailing only German."
- The shamrock is Ireland's floral emblem. There are 4 places in the United States named Shamrock. One of them is right here in Texas.
- Do you like corned beef and cabbage? Are you planning on eating some today? Well, according the Census, the corned beef that goes with that traditional St. Pat's meal likely comes from Texas, which "produced 6.8 billion pounds worth of beef." As for the cabbage, it "most likely came from California, which produced 607 million pounds worth, or New York (462 million pounds)."