"..a bardy view!"

Begosh and Begorrah!

Well I trust you all enjoyed your St. Patrick's celebrations yesterday.

It's always best to reclaim your Irish ancestry for such an occasion, regardless of how precarious the links are. 200px-Irish_clover

For myself, I have exceptionally strong roots from my paternal great-grandfather who came over to England with his family during the infamous Irish Potato Famine of 1850.

Imagine – I owe my existence to the humble spud! Many of his relatives also sailed to America to escape the blight, which led me tangentially thinking about US presidents.

No less than 23, including the current incumbent, have claimed Irish ancestry. 24 if you include Jefferson Davis (the first and only President of the Confederate States, and 25 if you include Sam Houston (President of Texas).

Sticking with the official ones that equates to more than half since Andrew Jackson (7th Pres 1829-1837).

It's a strange phenomena but desirable when one considers the number of Irish-Americans in the USA. It's estimated there are 47m, and to court their vote is prudent politics rather than mercenary cynicism.

Looking ahead, and according to the Pew Research Centre, the Hispanic population is expected to double by 2050 to 29%, making them by far the largest minority group.  It's fair to assume that future presidents by then will be attempting to seek roots south of the border down Mexico way. Hola!

Sláinte! Salud!


March 18, 2009 - Posted by | Events


  1. I had a good St Patrick’s day, then made the mistake of drinking Guinness the next day and now I’ve got a lead weight headache. Other than that I had a great time!!


    Comment by LJP | March 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. Begorrah and all I never did knowed that about all them US Presidents. Jaysus, ain’t that a fine thing and God bless America and all.


    Comment by Spook Moor | March 21, 2009 | Reply

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