By: Sydney Vollmer

Disney_-_The_Luck_of_the_Irish“The luck of the Irish” is a fairly common saying. Most probably think it means the Irish are a people of great luck.  Anyone who knows the history of Ireland and its people will be able to tell you that wasn’t always the case.  In fact, for most of history, the Irish have been a very unlucky people.  When people started immigrating to America, they were met with hatred and stereotypes were quickly formed.  The phrase, “the luck of the Irish” was born out of a stereotype.  Irish who struck gold during the 19th century rush were said to have found the gold by luck, because no one believed an Irishman could succeed through skill or intelligence (Walsh). Continue reading