PDD Quiz: Irish Twin Ports

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, this week’s quiz will focus on Irish (and Irish-adjacent) things in the Twin Ports.

The next PDD quiz, which will review this month’s headlines, will be published on March 28. Submit question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by March 21.


Luck of the Irish or just plain smart? Either way, bravo!

#1 This college began offering a study abroad program in Louisburgh, County Mayo, Ireland in 1980.

Read more about St. Scholastica’s study center in Ireland here.

#2 The Erin Go Bragh Saloon (pictured) was located where?

The Duluth Public Library has the photograph in its collection.

#3 This Irish pub at 308 E. Superior St., which opened in 2006, hosts events such as Sunday night pub quiz, History in a Pint, and pinewood derby.

Owner Ed Gleeson is the grandson of People’s Brewing co-founder Michael Gleeson.

#4 This Superior-based yarn company was founded in 2010.

Learn more about Three Irish Girls and their yarns on the company’s website.

#5 The etymology of this business district nickname may derive from the large population of Irish immigrants who once lived in the area.

Alternately, the name Corktown may refer to the cork vests worn by Lake Superior sailors. Read more about Duluth’s immigrant patterns on the Zenith City website.

#6 L.M. Mitchell, who later served as president of the Duluth branch of the American Association of Engineers, began the tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at this college.

In a Duluth News Tribune article dated March 13, 1921, Mitchell recounts starting the U of M tradition in 1914.

#7 This Irish pub at 109 W. Superior St., which opened in 2006, claims to have “the largest selection of Irish Whiskey and Single Malt Scotch in Minnesota.”

View an abbreviated list of Dubh Linn’s whiskey offerings on their website.

#8 On March 26, 1914, a dog of this variety frightened Superior residents on Tower Avenue.

According to an article in the Duluth News Tribune, the dog had fled a barroom with beer foam on its muzzle, causing pedestrians to think the dog was rabid. Identifying the dog as “of the Irish variety” may have been a slur on Irish people; read more about the story on the Zenith City website.

#9 This Superior institution began serving pizza on New Year’s Eve in 1953.

Read more about Shamrock’s history on their website.

#10 According to the Duluth News Tribune, what events could one attend on St. Patrick’s Day in 1921?

The article also notes that “dancing will take place in every part of the city.”


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