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This is bologna. I don't know where this author gets his information, but this doesn't represent scholarly work. There were ALMOST NO Irish catholics in colonial America. Irish catholics in colonial America were about one in a million, so to speak. there certainly weren't 30,000. Irish immigrants prior to the 1800s were usually the ethnic scots of Ulster who were protestant. Most of the Irish catholics who immigrated to these shores came in the 1800s and immigrated to more northerly parts of America. The south and southern midwest, which is literally covered with people who claim Irish descent, actually contain mostly people of that ulster scot protestant background.