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Why American Independance Day Matters to Us Irish

Why American Independance Day Matters to Us Irish
On the 4th July 1776, America declared independence from Britain. Our common colonists.
Here are 5 reasons why America's Independence day matters to the Irish.
1. The Declaration of Independence was written in the hand of an Irish-born patriot, Charles Thomson.
2. It was first printed by an Irish-born Philadephian, John Dunlap, and signed by at least three Americans of Irish birth.
3. An Irish man designed and built the white house, James Hoban from Kilkenny. He modeled the white house on Ireland Leinster house now called Dail Eireann, our main government building.
4. The first American general to die in the War of Independence was Irish man Brigadier General Richard Montgomery. He was born near Swords, Co. Dublin, 1738. And the best part is that he first served in the British Army, but later took up the American revolutionary cause. Come on Richie!
At least eighteen US presidents claim Irish ancestry. 
In the words of our own Independence hero, Michael Collins, our wars gave us the freedom to achieve freedom.
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  • Gerrie McGrath
    Jul 05, 2023 at 05:11

    It feels like the air ish care more about Independence Day than many Americans! I was born on the Fourth of July and was always told by my parents that all the celebrating was because I was born!! Always felt a kinship with America’s birth of freedom! Thank you for caring about our America – home of the free -because of the brave!🇺🇸

  • Mark Kelley
    Jul 05, 2023 at 02:59

    Good Evening,
    Interesting post, obviously my last name reflects
    Part of my heritage (Irish side).
    I visited Ireland in 2017, beautiful people & beautiful place.
    I will return in near future.
    Happy 4th of July.
    Mark Owens Kelley


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