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8 Fun Facts About St. Patrick’s Day and the Emerald Isle

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Get the stats on all things Irish throughout the years, spanning the history of the first parade in honor of St. Patrick to the modern-day cabbage market.

4 – Towns in the U.S. are named “Shamrock.” They are located in West Virginia, Texas, Indiana, and Oklahoma.

17 – Century that salted beef got its moniker “corned,” referring to the large “kernels” of rock salt used to preserve it.

40 – Irish-run hotels in the Hudson Valley’s “Irish Alps” in the 1960s.

1601 – The year of the world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade on record was celebrated by a Spanish colony in what is now St. Augustine, Florida. More than 100 years later, Irish soldiers in the British military marched in New York City.

Guinness on Tap

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1759 – Arthur Guinness signed a lease for 9,000 years at St. James’s Gate in Dublin, Ireland.

Nearly 50 thousand – Pounds of cabbage produced in 2019. That’s a lot of St. Patrick’s Day meals!

30.4 million – Number of U.S. residents who claim to have Irish ancestry in 2019. The population of Ireland itself is 4.97 million.

27.3 billion – Pounds of beef processed in the U.S. in 2020.

Related: Discovery the History of the Hudson Valley’s Irish Alps