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Wednesday, March 17, 2010, the day we are all just a little bit Irish in New Milford, CT!

March 14, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010, the day we are all just a little bit Irish in New Milford, CT!

Happy St Patrick's DayI am (of course) of Irish descent. My mothers family name is Doherty, I am 3rd generation Irish American. And this Wednesday any and all other heritages that are in my family tree seem to just melt away as I become 100% Irish! My family comes from Middlesex County in Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, which is home to one of the largest Irish descendant populations!

Fun Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

  • St. Patrick wasn’t Irish, he had been kidnapped by Irish raiders from Britain when he was 16 and spent the next 6 years as a slave in Ireland before escaping.
  • St. Patrick heard voices that told him to go back to Ireland.
  • St. Patrick probably did not really drive the snakes out of Ireland as there have NEVER been snakes in Ireland.
  • St. Patrick died March 17th, 460 AD.
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was on March 17, 1762. The Irish soldiers that were serving in the English military marched through the streets of New York City to show their solidarity.
  • Although Corned Beef and Cabbage is what we in the US think of as traditional Irish food for St. Patrick’s Day, we brought the corned beef to them! They eat Bacon and Cabbage, the bacon being like Canadian Bacon.
  • In 2007 it is estimated that 41.5 billion pounds of corned beef and 2.6 billion pounds of cabbage were sold in the United States.
  • Irish is the second largest reported ancestry in the United States, German is in the lead.

As  Realtors® there is one fact we should be aware of, if we know nothing else. The Guinness factory in Dublin, Ireland was signed for (up to) a 9,000 year lease for the paltry sum of £45 annually. Boy was that one sweet deal!

Wednesday you can bet your shillelagh that I will be eating Corned Beef and Cabbage and wearing green from top to bottom. And Wednesday you can bet that I will become 100% Irish, I am from the Clan Dhochartaigh, from the Inishoween Peninsula in County Donegal. My clan can trace their heritage to claim the longest lineage desecnt lines.

“Who so ever asks me of my birth… I will tell them I am born of Irish Princes who ruled in Donegal a thousand years ago; that I am descended from the High Kings of Ireland, and my name is from the Clann ÓDochartaigh!”  Taken from Ár nDúthchas newsletter #27.

This Wednesday, March 17, 2010, be Irish with the rest of the world. Eat plenty of corned beef or bacon and cabbage with champ, drink a few pints of Guinness Stout, wear green because after all, everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

Clann O'Doherty

above image courtesy

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