A Brief History
Today, March 17, 2023, I, Dr. Zar, wish all of my family, friends, colleagues, students, and subscribers a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
As Saint Patrick is considered the foremost patron saint of Ireland and March is also Women’s History Month, here are some notable American women with Irish ancestry:
Maureen Dowd (born 1952) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, currently writing for The New York Times.
Eileen Collins (born 1956), a retired astronaut and United States Air Force colonel, was the first woman to command a Space Shuttle mission.
Stephanie McMahon (born 1976), a retired professional wrestler, currently serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chairwoman of World Wrestling Entertainment.
Holly Holm (born 1981), who has won championships as a professional boxer and as a mixed martial artist, currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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For more information, please see…
Kearns, Caledonia. Cabbage and Bones: An Anthology of Irish American Women’s Fiction. Henry Holt & Co, 1997.
McNaughton, Sarah. The Legend of St Patrick: The History of St Patrick and How He Came to be the Saint of Ireland. Independently published, 2023.
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