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The Irish among us
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As the first Grand Marshall of the -- I hope annual -- Montessori Leprechaun Parade, I’m thinking today might offer an opportunity to comment on the Irish among us. Perhaps no group has suffered from so much misinformation as the Irish, the third-largest population group in America after people of German and African descent. Indeed, in 1897, President Theodore Roosevelt, part Irish on his father’s side, and Scotch-Irish on his mother’s, with Rear Admiral Richard Meade and sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens, founded the American Irish Historical Society across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “to set the record straight.”

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