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Angelica Casey, Co-Editor in Chief

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Fleeing persecution for their religion and from starvation, over 3 million Irish individuals passed through Ellis Island in the late 1800s. Ever since, the Irish have spread across America, up and down the east coast, with the highest concentrations of Irish populations in Boston, Massachusetts; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Louisville, Kentucky; Buffalo, New York; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Initially, the Irish intermingled and married with like-minded Roman Catholic Italian immigrants, dwindling the number of short red-heads into raven-haired pale Americans. In the melting pot that is the United States, the Irish have flourished and spread their surnames, genes, and culture like wildfire. Nowadays the most popular Irish surnames in the country are Bulter, Coleman, Collins, Hughes, Kelly, Mitchell, Morris, Murphy and Ward.

As the population of descendants of Irish immigrants in Delaware is exacerbated by the largest in the country being only 45 minutes away, we asked students and teachers from AI and surrounding schools what their favorite thing about their heritage was.

Victoria Kohl, “The love of beer, the hospitality and the beauty of the country.”

Zeb Blum, “The excuse to have a temper.”

Marissa Gunter, “My curls and our claim to leprechauns.”

Suzanne Smith, “The whisky and the Dingle Peninsula.”

Abbi Merritt, “Irish folk music.”

Haley Matthews, “Alcohol.”

Angelica Casey, “The fairies, the accents and the kisses on the 17th of March.”

Cooper Tatman, “Leprechauns.”

Mrs. Lucas, “The potatoes.”

Mrs. Reed, “Being Orange Irish.”

Dr.Raymond, “Blue eyes and dark hair.”

Dominique Flynn, “Green eyes.”

Pat El Koury, “Bagpipe music. “

Lilly Dammeyer, “St. Patrick’s Day.”

Mr. Weaver, “The cuisine and how they celebrate St. Patrick’s In ireland.”

Dave Byers, “Being stereotyped as working class.”

Mr. Fisher, “Being happy-go-lucky people.”

Gregory Thompson, “The music, leprechauns and the color green.”

Kyle Collins, “The clothing, kilts mostly.”

Alexa Collins, “The food.”

Caroline Stryker, “The food.”

Emma Winward, “Erin Go Bragh.”

Erin McDermott, “The Irish jig, beer and pubs.”

Hope Murphy, “Potatoes.”

Donovan Erksine, “Underage drinking.”

Tristan Thompson, “The drinking and dancing.”

Sarah Vanveen, “Roast beef.”

Sam Trimble, “The meat and potatoes.”

Robbie , “I like mashed potatoes.”

Trevor Sheftz, “I don’t like the sound much, but I like bagpipes,”

Elena Montejo, “The anger issues.”

Rinear Dougherty, “The music and the culture.”

Spencer Murray, “Being tan despite of the stereotype.”

Jessica Harmon, “My very large family.”

Riona Quinlan, “Appreciating the simplicity of life, happiness, health and family.”

Nick Rapko, “I’m thankful for having the luck.”

Paige Chalfant, “My favorite thing about the Irish is the family, we can argue but at the end of the day we love each other a lot.”

Nick Bouchard, “I’m not Irish but I like them.”

Lauren Kelly, “The friendliness of people and the closeness of family.”

Meredith Scanlon, “Not irish potatoes, they’re gross.”

Mack Kulko, “The bar fights, the potatoes and the incredible tolerance for alcohol.”

Sophia Girke, “I like being deathly pale.”

Jan Castro, “Conan O’Brien.”

Hunter Smith, “Shamrock Shakes.”

Stuart Myers, “Claddagh rings.”

Alex Marino, “I love the music to get me hype before hockey games.”

Danny Vernon, “I love the hospitality of Ireland and how welcoming family is there.”

Mark Barnes, “Irish wit, sense of humor and smart-assery.”

Alexis Peden, “I like potatoes and green eyes.”

Emily Davis, “St.Patrick’s Day.”


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