GSU professor on American St. Patrick's Day traditions

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Most people think the traditions of St. Patrick's Day in Savannah came over from Ireland. But one Georgia Southern University professor says this is not true.

Dr. Howard Keeley says natives of the Emerald Isle observe it similarly to many in Savannah, with Mass and family gatherings, but not the commercial revelry we see for the rest of the day.

"One thing that might surprise American viewers is that the pubs were closed on St. Patrick's Day for most of the history of the day in the modern era," Dr. Keely told WTOC.

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