For a relatively small island nation, Ireland has had a big impact on the world. From Guinness and Riverdance to U2, James Joyce and Irish stew, many great things have come out of Ireland.
People who claim Irish descent also make up more than ten percent of America’s population. With such a huge number of Irish living in the U.S., cultural influences are everywhere and none celebrated moreso than St. Patrick’s Day, observed annually on March 17, the anniversary of the saint’s death in the fifth century.
The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, especially throughout the United States, Canada and Australia, with parades, green rivers, corned beef and cabbage and lots of beer.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day — and Antique Trader editor Paul Kennedy’s Irish heritage — here are just some of the many Irish things we love.