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These Are America’s Most Irish Small Cities

These Are America’s Most Irish Small Cities

With St. Patrick’s Day only hours away, we thought it would be interesting to do some research into America’s Irish heritage, and highlight some smaller cities around the country that truly embody the Irish-American spirit.

We all know major cities like Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago have a high density of Irish-Americans in their population, and robust Irish-American cultures. But what about the smaller cities across the country? What do their St. Pat’s Day celebrations look like?

We wanted to take this opportunity to recognize and celebrate some of these American cities with a surprisingly strong Irish tradition.

Fayetteville, AR

Fayetteville Arkansas was founded in 1828 by a Mr. George McGarrah, can’t get a more Irish family name than that. His family immigrated from Ireland in the mid 1700’s.

The city’s Irish culture is still going strong, they fully embrace this Irish tradition with several Irish Pubs, including Mickey Finn’s Irish Pub, an Irish dance studio McCafferty School of Irish Dance, and their annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held on Dickson Street.

Fayetteville is not necessarily recognized for their Irish-American culture, but they surely celebrate in their own way and stay true to their founder McGarrah’s Irish heritage. Now come on, and enjoy the celebrations with some green beer and your best attempt at an Irish jig!

Rutland, VT

Rutland County and the city of Rutland have a strong Irish tradition. In the 1800’s, the area attracted Irish immigrants due to its “mini industrial revolution” with many opportunities for employment in railroad construction, textile production and quarrying.

Today, the city plays host to the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Shiver Me Shamrocks Fun Run/Walk. After which you can head to any number of local Irish style pubs for a pint of Dublin’s finest.


Steve Elliot Co-founder of America Unraveled, editor, travel enthusiast.


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