OK, so you think your Irish and you think you know a thing or two about being Irish. Now let’s see what you know by answering these trivia questions about the Irish in America.
1. According to the 1980 U.S. census, how many Americans claim Irish ancestry, either 100% or just part? a. Over 10 million b. Over 5 million c. Over forty-three million d. Over three million
2. According to the 1980 U.S. census, what percentage of this figure claims solely Irish ancestry? a. 10% b. 25% c. None d. 100%
3. How many U.S. Presidents have all or part Irish ancestry.? a. 17 b. None c. 10 d. 2
4. How many U.S. Presidents were sons of Irish immigrants? a. None b. 1 c. 17 d. 3
5. Whose paternal
6. What town in county Tipperary now boasts the Ronald Reagan Bar? a. Ballyporeen b. Clonmel c. Mitchelstown d. New Ross
7. What U.S. President owned an Irish setter called King Timahoe, named after his ancestral home in country Laois? a. Andrew Jackson b. Richard Nixon c. Ulysses Grant d. Jimmy Carter
8. What U.S. President defined himself as “an Irishman by osmosis”? a. Gerald Ford b. Lyndon B. Johnson c. George Washington d. Harry S Truman
9. What Prime Minister and President of Ireland was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1882? a.
10. How many men of Irish ancestry signed the Declaration of Independence? a. None b. 12 c. 9 d. 2
11. The hand of what Irish born man wrote the Declaration of Independence? a. George Washington b. Charles Thomsom c. Henry Adams d. John Dunlap .
12. Who are the Scotch-Irish? a. whiskey-drinking Irish b. Irish whiskey-drinking Scots c. Irish-Americans d.
13. John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan were the first and third U. S. Presidents to visit Ireland while in office. Who was the second? a. Jimmy Carter b. Richard Nixon c. Gerald Ford d. Lyndon Johnson
14. Who said during a visit to Dublin in 1972, regarding a call by Senator Edward Kennedy for British withdrawal from Northern Ireland, “California does not have a foreign policy”? a. The Beach Boys b. Pat Brown c. Ronald Reagan d. Jack Nicholson
15. From what New York building is the Irish flag flown on St. Patrick’s Day? a. The Trump Tower b. The Empire State Building c. City Hall d. Radio City Music Hall
16. When was the St. Patrick’s Day parade first held on Fifth Avenue? a. 1975 b. 1905 c. 1875 d. 1805
17. When was the earliest recorded St. Patrick’s Day celebration held in Boston? a. 1777 b. 1737 c. 1837 d. 1877
18. What U.S. community is unique in its celebration of a legal holiday for St. Patrick’s Day? a. Boston, Mass. b. Briarwood Beach, Ohio c. Butte, Mont. d. Carmel, Calif.
19. What famous Boston-born businessman and father of three U.S. senators served as ambassador to Britain from 1937 to 1940? a. James Curley b. William Shannon c. Jim Kelly d. Joseph Patrick Kennedy
20. What County Tyrone person has been the only member of the U.S. Senate ever to have represented three different states? a. James Shields b. Burton K. Wheeler c. Edward Kennedy d. P. T. O’Neal