Due to my Scotch-Irish heritage [Irish clan - O'Rife; Scottish clans - Graham & Campbell], I felt compelled to discuss the incredible amounts of money Americans plop down for St. Paddy’s Day. According to Statista, over 36 million Americans have some claim to Irish heritage. That’s approaching seven times the current population of the green isle. The Irish have been crossing the Atlantic in search of freedom and a fresh start since the first Europeans from England did the same (some think early Celts were here even way Columbus). As the US population expanded, so did the number of those with family ties to Ireland.
Millions of Americans with Irish ancestry gives us plenty of reason to spend our cash on St. Patrick’s Day festivities. OK, that and the fact that the day gives people an excuse to drink …a LOT. Just sayin’.
So, just how much do Americans spend on St. Patrick’s Day?
I’ll leave you with my favorite Gaelic saying for this time of year -
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!