The Manse on Marsh Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

On St. Patrick’s Day, the residents, staff, family, friends, and neighbors of assisted and independent living facility The Manse on Marsh are celebrating visitors and Pub Crawl – yes, a pub crawl – right on The Manse on Marsh campus. Each “pub” features samples of special Irish beverages and snacks. We’d love to have you join us!

As we celebrate, we thought we’d share some fun figures and facts about St. Patrick’s Day, courtesy of the US Census:

36 million: The number of U.S. residents who claim Irish ancestry. This number is almost nine times the population of Ireland itself (slightly more than 4 million). Irish is the nation's second most frequently reported ancestry, trailing only German.

New York City, 1762: Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into a celebration for all things Irish. The world's first St. Patrick's Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers serving in the English military. President Truman attended the parade in 1948, a proud moment for the many Irish whose ancestors had to fight stereotypes and prejudice to find acceptance in America. Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1995, and the president issues a proclamation each year.

42.1 billion and 2.6 billion: U.S. beef and cabbage production, respectively, in pounds, in 2006. Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick's Day dish. The corned beef that celebrants dine on may very well have originated in Texas, which produced 6.8 billion pounds worth of beef, while the cabbage most likely came from our home state of California, which produced 607 million pounds worth, or New York (462 million pounds).

4: The number of places in the United States named Shamrock, the floral emblem of Ireland. Mount Gay-Shamrock, W.Va., and Shamrock, Texas, were the most populous, with 2,623 and 1,855 residents, respectively. Shamrock Lakes, Ind., had 159 residents and Shamrock, Okla., 124.

About The Manse on Marsh

The Manse on Marsh is a unique senior living community in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, which offers Life-Enriching Independent and Assisted Living. From independent and assisted living as well as hospice and palliative care, The Manse on Marsh has developed an award-winning reputation for excellence among communities throughout California’s Central Coast.

“Throughout my thirty-five years of experience with older adults and my extensive research on adult communities, I have concluded there simply is not a finer choice for community living than the Manse on Marsh.”

— Julie Schmidt, M.A. Clinical Psychology, LMFT