March 17, 2014 2:46 pm
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A reveler holds an Irish flag while attending the St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2009 in New York.


Canada has seen waves of Irish immigration off and on since General James Wolfe’s conquest of Quebec in 1759. (The largest wave, and most poignant, were the thousands of people displaced by the potato famines of the 1840s.)

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The 2006 census found pockets of people born in the Irish Republic (the data doesn’t break out Northern Ireland) all over the country. The strongest regional cluster was in the Greater Toronto Area, with others in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and St. John’s, Nfld.

Looking at postal areas with a significant number of people, the census showed concentrations of Irish immigrants in Pickering, Ont. by the lakeshore, parts of North Vancouver and the Beaches area of Toronto.

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Irish immigration: the GTA »

Irish immigration: the GTA

Irish immigration: Vancouver »

Irish immigration: Vancouver

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