Anyone can be Irish on St. Patrick's Day. In reality, more than nine percent of the Cleveland population does claim Irish ancestry. The Irish community is one of the oldest in Cleveland, with large numbers beginning to arrive in the 1840s. By the turn of the century, there were numerous Irish churches and neighborhoods in the city, from St. Malachi to the Old Angle area.
The Irish have dispersed since then, but have kept their culture alive through cultural groups, dance troupes, ethnic churches and the parade. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here's a look back at the people and places that make up Cleveland's Irish history.