Irish heritage strong in Sacramento region

Some of Sacramento's suburbs have strong Irish ancestry.

You might think St. Patrick's Day is bigger in places like New York or Chicago, but don't tell that to people from Orangevale.

"Everybody thinks they're Irish," Rocky Moffitt, owner of Blarney Stone Irish Pub in Orangevale, said. "They'll wear green, say they're Irish. Even if they're not, all their shirts say ‘kiss me, I'm Irish.’”

If you're looking for someone Irish to kiss on St. Patty's Day, you need to look no further than Moffitt, who is one third Irish.

"I take a little bit more pride in it," Moffitt said. "It means something from where my grandmother's from. That's the main reason why I named this bar the Blarney Stone because the Blarney Stone Castle is from County Cork Island."

Moffitt’s family settled in the area where shamrock pride is strong. Turns out, Orangevale and the surrounding areas have a pretty significant Irish community.

According to City-Data.com, 5.1 percent of Orangevale residents have some Irish ancestry. Things are a little greener in Fair Oaks where it's 7.3 percent. Carmichael is among the top 10 cities in the country where residents have Irish ancestry, according to WalletHub.

Even if you're not Irish, chances are you probably will be wearing some green today. WalletHub says more than half of Americans plan to celebrate the holiday. Thirteen million pints of Guinness will be served worldwide. People will spend an average of $38 a person and you can guess that a big chunk of that money will probably be spent on some Irish beer or whiskey. 

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