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Irish in America
Saint Patrick's Day has Catholic roots. It began as a purely Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century, and years later a celebration in America of Ireland's culture.
“Corn beef and cabbage?" Many Americans think about corned beef and cabbage corresponding with Irish, Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day. But corned beef and cabbage is an authentic Jewish dish and not at all a traditional Irish dishes from Ireland.
The Irish did not begin using beef with their cabbage until they immigrated to the United States the 1800s, after Irish immigrants settled in Manhattan's Lower East Side and South Boston. They say the Jewish brought the corned beef and cabbage dish to the communities back then, and the Irish brought their appetite.
Unlike America, our friends to the north got their financial house in order and weathered the economic meltdown wonderfully. Canada’s economy is going great guns.
Exactly. And they have health care.
Did any of you notice that AP article about someone on Ancestory.com discovering that on his Mom's side Barack Obama has an Irish ancestor. Wonder if our President will be having corned beef and cabbage today like the rest of us? In Chicago the even die the Chicago River green. Ern go bragh [or how ever it's spelled!].
Boy was that corned beef good. And the left overs are even better!
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