Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patty's Day: Most Irish-Americans live where?

Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly (Wiki edit); UCCI
Irish holiday in Latin America, St. Paddy's Day in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Penelope777).

Sure japers we haven't seen you in donkey's years! A guide to Irish saying and their meanings. (UCC Ireland) Why does Wisdom Quarterly: American Buddhist Journal, which is rooted in California, care so much about Ireland and the Irish?

It all started on Danu's green landmass.
The first Westerner to become a Buddhist monk (who was given the name "Ven. Dhammaloka" at ordination) was an Irishman who first came to California!

Traveling to Asia and taking ordination in one of the world's most Buddhist countries, Theravada Burma, took more than the "luck of the Irish," it took the b*llocks of the Irish. We like to think we share his cahones with a Latin twist for extra sass.

The mystery of Celtic and Irish symbolsWho was this Irish fellow really, this hobo, world traveller, and trailblazing Buddhist who went from Ireland to the East Coast of the U.S. (like "Brooklyn") to California to Asia, a pathfinder now ignored by history? Let's go to Cork and ask UCC's Brian Bocking: Who was he, professor?

West's 1st Buddhist monk: Irish
The free-thinking, enigmatic Dubliner used different aliases, we now know to have been Ven. Dhammaloka, "the Irish Buddhist." He converted to Theravada Buddhism around 1900 and became widely known throughout Asia. In the process, he managed to fall afoul of the British colonial establishment as well as Christian missionaries in Asia.

Thank you, professor. Uncovering U. Dhammaloka's unique story (and his real name) has taken some inspired detective work on the part of Prof. Bocking and his colleagues, and their efforts have paid off.
The "Lost Irish Buddhist" emerges after all these years as one of the earliest Western Buddhist monks, pre-dating others who have claimed the title (particularly a British one in early Thailand). Prof. Bocking takes us through an amazing odyssey.
Bye-bye, Boston. We're going to California
James O'Shea, (March 1, 2016 from 2013 data)
Quick, where are the Amer-Irish? (Getty)
Quick, which are the most Irish states percentage-wise in the USA? If you said New York and California you're dead wrong! [But Irish radio broadcaster ("Family Guy" voice-comedian Ralph Garman swears it's now California.]

Montana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are the most Irish states in the U.S. with over an Irish population of 17 percent.
The demographics of the largest ancestry groups in America is based on census data found in the book, Ancestry & Ethnicity in America.
Next in terms of Irishness percent of population are New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Ohio, Kentucky, Washington State, Oregon, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, South Dakota, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, West Virginia, and Wyoming with between 15 and 16.9 percent... More

What is the Day of the Festival of Patrick?
Wisdom Quarterly Wiki edit
Padraig stained glass, Saint Benin's Church, Ireland
Saint Patrick's Day (Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17th, the traditional death date of the former slave and propagator of Catholicism Saint Patrick (circa AD 385-461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church.

We love Ireland. Let's move to California.
The day is supposed to commemorate St. Paddy and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, but it really celebrates Irish heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations involve drinking, parades and festivals, céilithe, and wearing green attire or shamrocks. 
Christians also attend church services and Lent restrictions or modified fasting and drinking alcohol like Christians are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption... More  Happy "Pagan Genocide Day!"

Parties all over Los Angeles (calendar)
  • When: Thursday, March 17, 2016 
  • Festivities begin at 11:00 am, concert at noon. 
  • Where: Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., LA, CA 90013 
  • Parking: paid lots or Metro Red Line to Pershing Square
Most Irish-American towns in U.S. revealed in time for Saint Patrick's Day
Going green: Thousands turned out to watch the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. The longest running in the country
Thousands turn out for NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, the longest running in the country.
Ever wonder where most Irish-Americans live? The real estate data site Tulia provided a breakdown of the ten most Irish metro areas and neighborhoods in the U.S. using statistics from the Census's American Community Survey.
Irish states are smiling: The majority of neighborhood with high Irish-American populations are in the Northeastern part of the country, in both Massachusetts and New York.
Irish states are smiling: The majority of neighborhoods with high Irish-American populations are in the Northeastern part of the U.S., in both Massachusetts and New York.
Top metro area: Boston, Massachusetts, ranked number one with 20 per cent of its population made up of Irish-Americans
Top metro area: Boston, MA ranked #1 with 20% of population made up of Irish-Americans
The majority of those neighborhoods are in the Northeastern part of the country, in both Massachusetts and New York.
Thousands turned out to watch the St. Patrick Day parades in New York and Chicago wearing the obligatory colours of the Irish tricalore. In the Windy City the river was dyed green while n NYC the parade marched into its 251st year.
Kiss me!
Boston, Massachusetts, ranked No. 1 with 20% of its population made up of Irish-Americans.

Middlesex County, Massachusetts came second with 16.9 per cent of its population.

As listed the top ten metro areas in terms of Irish-American population density are:

1.    Boston, Massachusetts at 20.4%
2.    Middlesex County, Massachusetts at 16.9%
3.    Peabody, Massachusetts at 15.8%
4.    Albany, New York at 15.6%
5.    Syracuse. New York at 15%
6.    Worcester, Massachusetts at 14.8%
7.    Camden, New Jersey at 14.8%
8.    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 14.2%
9.    Long Island, New York at 13.1%
10.  Wilmington, Delaware at 13%

The greener side of NY: New York also ranks high in terms of Irish American population density
The greener side of NY: NY also ranks high in Irish-American population density
In total, 22 million Americans, or 7.2 per cent of the population, say their "primary ancestry" is Irish, according to the Census data, aggregated and blogged by Trulia’s chief economist, Jed Kolko.
Another 13.5 million Americans claim at least some Irish ancestry, bringing the total to 35.5 million Americans, or 11.6 per cent of the population, with at least partial Irish ancestry.

Irish-Americans make up at least 5% of the population in most counties across the U.S., and 10% or more in most of New England, New York, New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and other smaller counties across the country. Miami, at the other extreme, is just 1% Irish. More

Why not visit the Emerald Isle, land of devas and the world's most widespread diaspora?
Hollywood goes Irish: coming to America
(CV) Six clips from the Irish-American adventure story "Brooklyn" featuring Saoirse Ronan with a sneak peek behind the scenes.

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