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Justin Fox

Irish-Americans Still Do Irish-American Jobs

Assimilation happens in complicated ways.
Another Irish-American job: congressman.

Another Irish-American job: congressman.

Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The great wave of Irish immigration to the U.S. subsided more than a century ago. The days of rampant anti-Irish prejudice are long behind us. Irish-Americans (of whom I am one, or at least 50 percent of one) are now seen as about as American as Americans can get.

But Irish-Americans do still have a unique job market profile: