Celebrate St. Patty's Day with Some Irish History

Celebrate St. Patty's Day with Some Irish History

The Irish Americans by Jay P. Dolan

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  How did everyone celebrate the holiday?  One of my friends posted today on Facebook about how you can tell you're getting old when you're at home for the night by 8 o'clock on St. Patty's Day.  If that's the case, I've been old for a really, really long time, because this has never been a big drinking holiday for me.

Until a couple of years ago, we didn't think there was any Irish blood in my family, and I never had the feeling some people get, that everyone is Irish on St. Patty's Day.  My sister, on the other hand, married into an "Irish and proud" sort of family, so she was elated when we discovered recently that we actually are part Irish: A branch of our family that we thought was German or English actually turned out to be Scottish and Irish.  It's a very little part, but hey, who am I to crash my sister's party?

It is, however, a branch of the family that I am very interested in learning more about, so this year St. Patty's Day is, for me, more about rediscovering family roots.  So I was pretty interested in the ebook of the day on both Barnes & Noble and Amazon (Kindle): The Irish Americans by Jay P. Dolan.  It's supposed to be a pretty good comprehensive history on the Irish in America, from immigration to the colonies until John F. Kennedy, an Irish American, was elected president in 1960.  The ebook was 99 cents today on Kindle, and $1.99 at BN.com, though I don't know how long those prices will last -- it's only supposed to be for the day, though sometimes the prices do last a little longer.

What about you?  How did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?