When it comes to smiling Irish eyes, Seattle area ranks near the top of the nation

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When it comes to smiling Irish eyes, Seattle area ranks near the top of the nation

Seattle Times AM newsroom chief

Many Irish eyes smile on St. Patrick’s Day in the Seattle area.

The US Census Bureau was having some fun Wednesday with graphs exploring Irish roots in each US state, and it turns out that King County, with its nearly 200,000 kiss-me-I’m-something-Irish-people, is King County is in the top 10.

Interestingly, Ferry County in northeast Washington is even greener when you look at what percentage of the population is Irish.

The Irish presence in Washington dates back at least as long as the 1830s, according to Historylink.org, with about one in twelve Washington Territory claims made by settlers born in Ireland from 1856 onwards.

Nationwide, more than 31 million people claim Irish roots, the Census Bureau said in a comprehensive ancestral breakdown in 2019.

But whether you’re Irish or not, we all need an excuse to celebrate. You could start with these recipes for soda bread, proper Irish stew, and a calming shepherd’s cake. Then maybe end the day with Guinness chocolate cake and Irish coffee.