How Irish are you? Our bumper St Patrick’s Day quiz is back!

And other top stories from Irish Times Abroad this week

 

Happy St Patrick’s Day! There’s no better way to start the weekend than with our bumber Irish quiz. What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? Have a go at these 100 questions to test your Irishness (with a chance to win a hamper of Irish books delivered anywhere in the world from Kennys.ie)...

Born in Roscarbery in Co Cork in 1919, Marian Raphael survived the Blitz in London and a torpedoed ship in Algiers, to go on to raise her family in New York. This week she receives the Centenarian’s Bounty from President Higgins, as she celebrates her 100th birthday. She was one of three amazing Irish women who shared their stories of love, adventure and war with me on Skype for this feature in The Irish Times Magazine today about emigrant centenarians, one of my favourite stories to work on for Abroad over the years.

A Texan drag queen who performs “as Gaeilge”. A spoken-word poet who riffs on #MeToo. And a group of American students singing songs from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Where else would you find them but New York? Siobhán Ní Chiobháin reports on the popularity of pop-up Gaeltachts in New York, with a fabulous video of Delilah Pipes singing Siúil A Rún.

The Flavin family from Co Kerry opened a small grocery in the front room of their home in Kansas City in 1887. Now in the fourth generation of the same family, it is officially the oldest Irish business in North America. Diana Lambdin Meyer pays them a visit.

And as we celebrate Ireland and all things Irish this St Patrick’s Day, here are 10 Irish people who have made the world a better place.

You’ll find plenty more stories by and about the Irish diaspora this week on irishtimes.com/abroad.

To receive this digest to your inbox each week, you can join the free Irish Times Abroad Network here.

Thanks for reading.

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