Do you have any Irish roots? According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Irish diaspora in the United States alone numbers more than 33 million people — 10.5% of the total U.S. population, and roughly 5 times Ireland’s population of 6.7 million. This isn’t even counting the descendants of Irish immigrants in countries around the world.
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The Irish people have a history full of many ups and downs, with some instances of extreme “unluckiness,” times of sadness, famine, and war. So why do people often refer to the Irish as particularly lucky?
Because of Ireland’s tragic past, many Irish left Ireland and immigrated to the U.S. or elsewhere to find better lives. Irish immigrants in the U.S. struggled to succeed, and they worked very hard. They were mistreated by many who believed that the Irish settlers’ good fortune was due only to luck — not hard work and perseverance. Others believe that the expression points to the financial good fortune of the Irish and Irish-Americans as successful miners during the gold and silver rushes in the 1850s.
Perhaps the expression comes from a deeper part of Irish heritage and legacy. “The luck of the Irish” is a tribute to the hard work and determination of the Irish people, who, despite all the challenges that they have faced over the years, still have good luck. Many Irish people have been forced to emigrate from their homeland over the years, and despite battling challenges and pitfalls, they have continued to prosper and survive, generation after generation.