St. Patrick's Day: Stay Home! (And Catch Up On Our PREVIOUS St. Patrick's Day Coverage)
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Earlier: Social Distancing: Please Don't Go Pub-Crawling for St. Patrick's Day

One of the earliest things I wrote for the site was a piece called The Camp Of St. Patrick, [March 17, 2001] pointing out how much like the  "Camp Of The Saints" the Famine Irish exodus was for the receiving countries in North America.

There are memorials in various places (like Grosse Île, Quebec) to the dead, who didn't die of famine, but of cholera, which they brought with them. Wikipedia's article on cholera outbreaks and pandemics says

Cholera hit Ireland in 1849 and killed many of the Irish Famine survivors, already weakened by starvation and fever.[12] In 1849, cholera claimed 5,308 lives in the major port city of Liverpool, England, an embarkation point for immigrants to North America, and 1,834 in Hull, England.[6] An outbreak in North America took the life of former U.S. President James K. Polk. Cholera, believed spread from Irish immigrant ship(s) from England, spread throughout the Mississippi river system, killing over 4,500 in St. Louis[6] and over 3,000 in New Orleans.[6] Thousands died in New York, a major destination for Irish immigrants.[6]

However, the survivors became part of America's white majority. (They fought on both sides of the Civil War.) In Alien Nation, Editor Peter Brimelow mentioned 19th century anti-cheap labor activist Denis Kearney (right) who fought Chinese immigration.

Brimelow wrote “[A]n Irish immigrant, Dennis Kearney, was a leader of the agitation that halted Chinese immigration into California. (His—probably mythical—slogan: 'Americay for Americans, Begorrah!')”

The Irish in America are part of the American nation, but still in their own way.

In spite of our site's Anglo-Saxon bias, we wish the Irish well, and some of them even wish us well.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone, and here's what we've written  about St. Patrick's Day past March 17ths.

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