NO Luck of the Irish

March 17, 2022

Any of you smarties out there know the derivation of the phrase “Luck of the Irish”?


Its source is the gold mining fields of California of all places.


The Irish potato famine (1845-1852) overlapped the California gold rush (1848-1855) in such a way that about a third of the early California miners came either directly from Ireland or were recently arrived Irish immigrants already living in eastern American cities.


Being many of the first also meant greater success than immigrant miners who came from other places (notably China) in later waves.


A number of early arriving Irish did well, including Sam Brannon, the first California millionaire. And their reputation as “lucky Irish” soared.


But that luck only went so far. While they may have had money, they didn’t have health. No luck there.


Their life expectancy was age 42, and it’s not likely whole food nutrition in place of their steady diet of bacon, corn, beans, sludge coffee, gritty pancakes and occasional wild game would have helped much when the predominant causes of death were gunshots, mining accidents and cholera.


We live in different times, with a healthy diet and good nutrition promising us “luck” the Irish miners could not have.



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93g sugar and no nutrition in a McDonald’s McCafe shamrock shake.


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A Classic Irish Blessing for You


May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.