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Old 02-27-2007, 02:18 PM
 
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A lot of Welsh folk were imported from Wales to mine coal throughout Appalachia. In PA there are a lot of Welsh in the N.E. part of the state, with equal parts Polish. There is little evidence of Welsh culture however. I believe there are good numbers of Welsh in northern Michigan and southern Ontario.
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:58 PM
 
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<slightly off topic, but are the carolinas becoming more like florida? ive never been, but ive seen alot of pictures and it looks very gentrified and modern....>

My guess is a lot of immigration from California and other overpriced places trying to find cheaper housing-- and it's making those Southern places more expensive now too. http://www.housingtracker.net/ shows median housing price in Raleigh is actually passing Minneapolis and Denver, which surprised me a bit. They seem to be overbuilding in many places...overpriced developments still going up even as the housing market stalls. Wonder how many of those will be empty a year later.
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Old 08-08-2007, 02:22 PM
 
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Read a book called "Dance called America". It described emmigration from Scotland and Ireland to the US and Canada during the Jacobite uprisings and the Highland clearances.
This book is a must, and once you start reading it you can't put it down.

(The title is based on the name of a Scottish dance from the 1700's)
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Old 08-08-2007, 03:37 PM
 
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Chicago area has a big irish ethnicity to it. The mayor is of irish descent.

Mostly on the south side, they have the biggest st. paddys day parade, but the west suburban area has lots of irish that moved out from where they originated on the west side.

My descendants were west side irish during the chicago fire era, that was a big irish community.

Lots of celtic/irish stuff going on here for sure.

Also when we were in the cincinnati area two summers ago, we went to an irish music festival that was put on by the northern kentucky fenians group. I guess there is a big irish area in cinncinnati/covington kentucky area? who knew?
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Old 08-08-2007, 10:55 PM
 
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Butte, Mont., at one time, had a bigger Irish population per capita than Boston. I would imagine that still exists to an extent.
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Old 08-08-2007, 10:56 PM
 
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does anyone know any areas in the united states that have alot of celtic (scottish, irish, scots-irish, welsh) people aside from the inner city neighborhoods in boston/nyc,etc?

is there anywhere where even the rural areas have celtic-descended people that have influenced the local culture (ie-with fiddle-playing and pub culture)?

anywhere evocative of rural irish-life in america?
All over the mountains and foothills of southern Appalachia -- though it's not so much a pub culture as a whiskey/moonshinin' culture, and the moonshinin' is a fast-fading tradition. Fiddle playing, yep... but we adapted Celtic music to our own tastes and called it Bluegrass. It was particularly cool to hang out in Asheville NC and listen to the hill music in the bars and over speaker systems in shops and what-not. Green Man/Jack of the Woods in particular comes to mind. Great music at that place.
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Old 08-09-2007, 10:38 AM
 
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A lot of Welsh folk were imported from Wales to mine coal throughout Appalachia. In PA there are a lot of Welsh in the N.E. part of the state, with equal parts Polish. There is little evidence of Welsh culture however. I believe there are good numbers of Welsh in northern Michigan and southern Ontario.
Also Welsh in MN"s Iron Range, where they and teir decendents work the iron mines. Small pockets of Welsh farmers in SE Iowa, too.
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Old 08-09-2007, 10:39 AM
 
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The Irish built the Erie Canal in the 1800s, and large numbers of their decendents can be found in every city and town along its route, from Buffalo to Albany.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:02 PM
 
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the most irish section that ive seen is in south buffalo. they have pubs on every street corner, irish flags on alot of the buildings and even the street signs are in gaelic.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:15 PM
 
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Charleston, SC.
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