Kiss Me I’m Irish! 98.7% to be exact! - Archived Post

Recently I began a fact finding mission when it comes to my family history. I was born to a Mary Ann McInnis, and a Kenneth William Collins. While I grew up knowing my father’s side of the family the most, my mother’s side was always a mystery. You see my mother was adopted, and she passed away when I was 10 years old. She never knew who her birth family was. Today, that “other half” of me is still a mystery. So you can imagine how excited I was when my husband ordered me a “23 and Me” DNA Kit.

Well I followed the directions, mailed in my “sample”, and anxiously waited for the results to come back. Would I be part Scandinavian? Would I have Italian, or Greek roots? What exciting heritage was coming my way? ……….. and the results are in ……….. Irish ……. 98.7% Irish! That explains a WHOLE lot! While I always knew my “Collins” side was from Ireland (my freckles, lack of tan, and pension for Guinness were give aways), my results came as no surprise and it was wonderful to know, that yes indeed, I am an Irish girl through and through.

“St. Patrick’s Day is an observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.”

How lucky are we, that right here in our lovely area, we happen to have many families, and community members of Irish descent!

We also just happen to have some wonderful pubs, and restaurants throughout Dufferin, and Wellington County to celebrate this festive day of green, with food, ale, and even traditional Irish entertainment!

Take a peek at the “Food Pages” pages in the Living Spaces Spring Edition, get out your green attire, find a spot to enjoy some fun and celebrations, and of course, keep an eye out for those little leprechauns, just waiting to give you a little “Luck of the Irish”


Author: Kelli M. Maddocks

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