Irish Culture, History, Statistics,
People & Events in Oklahoma
Philip Duffy came to America from Ireland when he was 19 years old. More than half a century later, he still looks, thinks and sounds like an Irishman.
With his light complexion and grey Donegal tweed cap, he looks the part. “It keeps my head warm,” he said, before conceding, “My daughter calls it a paddy cap.”
Oklahomans of Irish descent have many opportunities to be part of cultural events that are focused on the Irish culture. The popularity of Celtic music adds to several major festivals each year in Oklahoma.
The earliest Irish settlers in Oklahoma were trappers and traders who arrived in the early 1800s. In time, they were joined by U.S Army soldiers stationed at forts throughout Indian Territory
2006-2008 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates for Oklahomans with Irish Ancestry