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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day library-style----get some information

Posted on: Mar 17, 2009 @ 9:30:11 am

Céad míle fáilte to the UCF Libraries Newsblog! And of course that's Gaelic for a thousand welcomes.

Want to amaze your friends with your incredible knowledge of St. Patrick's Day? And all things Irish?

Credo Reference, on the library's list of databases at http://library.ucf.edu/Databases/, has a number of entries, including this one on Saint Patrick's Day parades, taken from Irish and the Americas:

Irish immigration to the United States began as early as the eighteenth century. More than half of the soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War had Irish ancestors, and it was in colonial America that the Irish first paraded to express their identity and solidarity. In a touch of irony, those who marched in the first Saint Patricks Day parade were Irishmen in British uniform, soldiers stationed in the colonies who were sent by King George III to preserve the crown’s grip on a rebellious colony.

Or, you could check out a book. How about The Oxford History of Ireland, at DA910.O94? Or Ireland: A Short History, at DA910.C66?

Would you have guessed that British soldiers were among the first to march in St. Patrick's Day parades in America? Now that's great trivia,

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