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Massachusetts is wicked Irish, in charts

Massachusetts is a stronghold for people of Irish descent.

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Massachusetts is a stronghold for people of Irish descent.

March is officially designated as Irish-American Heritage Month in the United States, and on the 17th of the month each year people across the US mark St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday with Christian roots that has morphed into a broader celebration of Irish culture.

Irish is the second-most frequently cited ancestry among US residents, behind only German, according to data from the US Census Bureau.

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More than 33.5 million people nationwide claim Irish ancestry, which is more than seven times as many as the current population of Ireland.

And Massachusetts is a stronghold for people of Irish descent.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mrochele
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