Irish History In Charleston

Dated: March 1 2021

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St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and since it is time to celebrate the luck of the Irish, this blog will explore the history of the Irish in our very own lowcountry, and how you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Charleston

Irish people have a long and storied history in Charleston. The first Irish people in Charleston arrived here in 1670, and have been an important part of the community ever since. Irishmen in Charleston helped build important landmarks like the U.S Custom House on East Bay Street and even made up about a third of the Charleston Police Force by 1860! Captain Florence O'Sullivan, who Sullivan's Island is named for, was among some of the first Irish Settlers in Charleston and became a prominent businessman in the city. Recently, Charleston built the Charleston Irish Memorial in honor of the many contributions that the Irish have made in South Carolina, which you can visit on Charlotte Street! 

When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick's Day, which is this year on the 17th of March, there are a lot of options all over Charleston. We recommend eating some Irish food at Tommy Condon's, Charleston's number one rated Irish restaurant downtwon, or sipping on some Irish Whiskey at Seanachai in John's Island, and then participating in the St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl on King Street. Unfortunately, there will not be a St. Patrick's Day Parade this year due to COVID-19,  but next year Charleston will be back in action for St. Patrick's Day! So this St. Patrick's Day, consider the rich Irish history of the lowcountry, and make sure you are wearing green! 

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Dan Lorentz

About Dan Lorentz, ABR, CRS, Founder & Team Leader of Greater Charleston Properties: Founder and Team Leader of the Greater Charleston Properties Team, Dan Lorentz, has lived in the Charleston, SC ....

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