St. Patrick's Day Guide

8 Fun Facts About the History of St. Patrick's Day

Get the stats on all things Irish throughout the years.


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1759 - Arthur Guinness signed a lease for 9,000 years at St. James’s Gate in Dublin, Ireland

1762 - The year of the world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade, held in New York City. Marchers included Irish soldiers from the British military.

4 - Towns in the U.S. are named “Shamrock” (in West Virginia, Texas, Indiana, and Oklahoma)

32.3 million - Number of U.S. residents who claim to have Irish ancestry in 2016. The population of Ireland itself is 4.83 million.

26.3 billion - Pounds of beef processed in the U.S. in 2017

1.84 billion - Pounds of cabbage produced in the U.S. in 2016

402 million - The value of fresh market cabbage imports in the U.S. in 2016

>150 - Countries can enjoy Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day

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