30 September 2018
They are Irish, they are Americans, they are Irish Americans. The Irish came to America back in the eighteen hundreds and have continued to grow and flourish through the centuries. The Irish brought religion, culture, and people that have greatly affected and influenced the growth of the United States. The United States is a melting pot and the Irish are a small piece of this pot, but one that brings a wealth of history to the story of America.
The Irish came to America back in the 1800’s. One concept that the Irish brought with them to share with their new country was their religion, which is Roman Catholic. Catholicism is a form of Christianity and with this religion comes great heritage and celebrations. One particular individual whom the Irish hold close to their hearts, is St. Patrick. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, which his signature to the history of the Irish is centered on the fact that he converted Ireland to Christianity in the AD 400s.
March seventeenth is a very significant date for the Irish because every year on the Irish Celebrate their patron saint, St. Patrick. People dress themselves in green from head to toe, attend parades, and eat corned beef and cabbage. This day is known as St. Patrick’s Day and it originated in Ireland as a religious celebration but has overtime become more of a celebration of the Irish Culture. This celebration draws crowds of people from all over to watch parades and appreciate the Irish culture. At these parades people attending can watch performances, such as Irish dancing. Irish dancing is a traditional dance directly from Ireland. The Irish dancing is traditionally done to the sound of bagpipes and involve colorful costumes.
There are and have been a handful of influential Irish Americans. “Another promising area for future research relates to popular culture. But there are certainly opportunities for other histories of Irish American cultural practices, as well as for more studies of images of Irish Americans in film, television, and other mediums. The dance ensemble Riverdance, as well as the band U2 are among some of the most popular representations of modern Irish culture in the United States that have been present over many decades,” (Deidre).
Through the decades many influential Irish Americans have left their stamp on the people of America. One person in particular that has left an everlasting impression on the people of America is Paul David Hewson (Bono) from the band U2. Bono has been a strong influence through his music and has left a very large footprint on many, not only in America, but throughout the world. Besides his musical masterpieces Bono is known for his philanthropy. One of his particular organizations that he founded is Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa, which is an organization that helps aid in the efforts to bring Africa up to a standard living like the rest of the world (Inside Philanthropy).
Another influential Irish American that left his stamp on many was the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was not only one of the youngest president to take office for the United State, but he played major roles in the shaping of America, such as fighting in World War II, leading our country through the Vietnam War and the Cold War, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Bay of Pigs Invasion, Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Equal Pay Act (Britannica).
In conclusion, the roles of Irish Americans have brought great influence and heritage to the United States of America. Without their part in the melting pot a piece of the nation would be missing. Through religion, to holiday traditions, and the impact some of their own have placed on America will forever place them in a role of helping mold our nation to what it has become today.
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