Today is St. Patrick's Day. This morning, my son awakened telling everyone they had to wear green today because it was St. Patrick's Day. Indeed, all of us did, though none of us have any Irish ancestry. Throughout my childhood, St. Patrick's Day was always celebrated. Many people wore green, though increasing people don't.
The Irish have had a difficult history. When many came to the US after the potato famine, they were greeted with discrimination. Yet they have become an accepted ethnic group in this country. About forty to fifty years later, Poles began to arrive. My grandparents arrived early in the twentieth century, though maintained connections with Poland. My grandfather returned for a visit in the mid-1930s. Some family members even chose to return permanently.
Today, I saw an article about the Polish-Irish connection. The link is below.