Well I know my Dad's family came over from Ireland sometime in the late 1800's. I seem to remember he had to get permission from someone or other to marry a heathen. Mom was a Protestant. And pretty far from Irish as well. Her family were all from Scandinavia.
Hate to say it, but t'were just another day for this boy...At least there's some green in my icon(!)
Of course I did hoist one or two for the Patron once I got home. And it was still daylight too!