Every March we see the overflow of green, not because of spring or the environment, but in decorations and clothing as people go green in celebration of St. Patrick.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated every March 17, on the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death (History.com). The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. But I bet you didn’t know that the very first parade in honor of St. Patrick took place in New York City on March 17, 1762 (History.com).
Who is St. Patrick:
- St. Patrick is the Patron Saint and national apostle of Ireland.
- He was credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland
- Legend has it that he explained the Holy Trinity using the three leaves of a native Irish clover
For two minutes of fun facts check out Bet You Didn’t Know: St. Patrick’s Day video.
Did you know:
- The American FactFinder estimates a total population of 39,262 Bronxites of Irish ancestry based on the 2010 Census data.
- Notable Bronxites of Irish ancestry include: John Savage (poet), Arthur Murphy (1st County Chairman), Frank Gilroy (playwright & screen writer) (Source: Bronx County Historical Society).
- For more Bronx Irish American History check out Irish American Journey
Looking for Bronx Irish restaurants/bars to swing by this St. Patrick’s day? Here are a few suggestions (If you have others, please add to the comments :):
4292 Katonah Ave
4299 Katonah Ave (bet. E. 236th and E. 237th Sts.)
Piper’s Kilt Restaurant & Tavern
170 W 231st St
Bronx Ale House
216 West 238th Street
Throgg’s Neck Clipper
3599 E. Tremont Ave.
An Beal Bocht
445 West 238th Street
Shea’s Emerald Bar
2960 Jerome Ave
F&J Pine Tavern
1913 Bronxdale Avenue