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    To follow on from Karl R, there are a couple of other things that don't help in clarifying the distinction between Scots and Irish heritage.

    There are pipe bands that represent 'Emerald Societies', which is an organization for police and firefighters of Irish heritage. For whatever reason lost to history, these pipe bands are organized around the Scottish Highland pipe band format and dress in a pseudo military-style uniform with kilts, spats, feather bonnets, etc. and play the Great Highland bagpipe. They often march in the St Patrick's Day parades.

    There's also the nomenclature "Scots-Irish" or "Scotch-Irish" (not gonna get into which is more correct here - big debate on that in some circles) describing people whose ancestors came from the Northern Ireland/Ulster region. I fall into that category (my great-grandmother was from Toome, County Antrim).

    Since a lot of people in the US don't even learn their own community history very well, learning the difference between two foreign cultures somewhere over there in Great "Brit-scot-ire-eng-wales-shire-land" is a bit of a stretch. Especially since, for a lot of people, the day's just an excuse to go out and get drunk on cheap beer.
    John

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