Skip to main content

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Learn all you can about this exuberant holiday and a few other topics, through ProQuest. 

Here are a few fun facts about the day to get you started…

-- The first St. Patrick’s Day was established on March 17, 1903, in honor of Ireland’s Patron Saint Patrick.
-- St. Patrick’s Day was established to be a day of prayer for truth and settlement.
-- The color green is in memory of St. Patrick.

Where can you find more information about the Irish people and their culture? Glad you asked! We also have a treasure trove of research on Irish topics, such as:
-- The Historical Irish Times (1859-2008) offers full page and article images, with searchable full text, back to the first issue of both the Irish Times and the Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958). The collection includes digital reproductions, providing access to every page from every available issue.
-- There is a lot of research on the Great Potato Famine of 1840, like this: “Analyzing Spatiotemporal Change by Use of National Historical Geographical Information Systems: Population Change during and after the Great Irish Famine.” (Gregory, Ian N; Ell, Paul S. Historical Methods 38.4  (Fall 2005): 149-167.)
-- And of course there are dissertations, like “An historical archaeology of the Irish proletarian diaspora: The material manifestations of Irish identity in America, 1850—1910.” (Brighton, Stephen Anthony George. Boston University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2005. 3171128.)
-- We can’t forget the music! “Sound Reviews: Irish Traditional Music on Audio Recordings: A Core Historical Collection.” (Smith, Christopher J. Journal of American Folklore 125  (Summer 2012): 343-358.)
-- Or that accent: “Victories fastened in grammar: historical documentation of Irish English.” (McCafferty, Kevin. English Today 27.2  (Jun 2011): 17-24.)

17 Mar 2014

Related Posts

An Irish Legacy: Beyond Beer and Potatoes

101 years ago this week marks the anniversary of the death of John Philip Holland, the Irish inventor of the first commercially successful submarine.…

Learn More

A Short History of Valentine’s Day, and its Symbols and Customs

Why are hearts symbols of Valentine's Day? Why do we celebrate love with the colors red and pink? And what's with the diapered flying baby with a bow and arrow?…

Learn More

ProQuest Establishes Key Ebooks Partnership with Leading Irish Booksellers

Over 600,000 ebook titles are now available through O’Mahony’s.…

Learn More

Search the Blog