Trev, I know your just diggin at St. Patrick.
The majority of Newfies are Irish or come from the British Isles. We are not the same as Irish, we are Irish. Well Most of our grandparents are anyways. Most of our families are only a couple generations displaced from Ireland. The traditions and feelings are very strong in Newfoundland. Remember until 1949, Newfoundland was still a British colony mainly comprised of Irish.