THOUGHTS FROM MARY:
Happy Friday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend !!!
You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate although for many of Irish decent it is a special day indeed! There is so much history out there about St. Patrick’s Day that I thought I would share a few interesting tidbits with you.
Did you know….
- There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
- Irish is the nation’s second most frequently reported ancestry, ranking behind German.
- There are approximately 144,588 current U.S. residents who were born in Ireland.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day parade did not take place in Ireland but in the United States on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.
- More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States. New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations.
- Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day dates back to the 17th century. It is said that St. Patrick used a shamrock to teach about the Holy Trinity and thus becoming a symbol of his day. The phrase, “the wearing of the green,” means to wear a shamrock on your clothing.
I hope you enjoyed some Irish history today and whether you are Irish or not, the words of the “Irish Blessing” are meant for everyone and I happily extend these sentiments to you.
As an Irish American myself, I will certainly bask in fun and celebration this weekend! I will watch some of the parade, eat some Irish Soda Bread and will enjoy a toast to my heritage with family and friends.
Wishing you a fantastic weekend filled with all sorts of fun and joyful moments. See below my recipe for homemade Baileys Irish Cream…. I hope you enjoy a toast or two yourself this weekend! And, if you don’t feel like having a toast of spirits, at least treat yourself to some chocolate decadence!