Feeling Lucky? Guess SouthCoast’s Most Irish Towns
It's fun to be Irish. Especially on St. Patrick's Day. Between the Shamrock Shakes, the corned beef and cabbage dinners and the green beer, there's a lot to enjoy for Irish-Americans.
I recently got my Ancestry DNA results. After visiting the Rock family farm in Roscommon, Ireland, last summer, I wasn't too surprised to find out that my ethnicity estimate was 61% Irish followed by 21% Scottish. Sometimes, though, I feel like I'm the only Irish guy around this part of the world.
As St. Paddy's Day approaches, we thought it would be fun to rank the SouthCoast's most Irish cities and towns.
Obviously, the Portuguese culture is by far the most dominant in our area, but there must be at least a few Irish boys like me here on the SouthCoast, right?
We turned to Zip Atlas, a website that compiles census data, to find out exactly where Irish descendants live here in Massachusetts. The most Irish town in all of the Commonwealth? That would be South Walpole, where a whopping 44.29% of residents identify as Irish descendants. That places South Walpole as the No. 27 town in the United States for percentage of Irish. Nearly 1 out of every 2 people in South Walpole say they are Irish. Amazing!
There's no place that comes close to South Walpole here on the SouthCoast, but surprisingly, quite a number of local spots here are more Irish than Boston. That surprised me.
Whether you're Irish, Portuguese or a mix of many cultures, as my mom always says, EVERYONE is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.