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Is Corned Beef Really Irish?The rise and fall and rise of the traditional St. Patrick’s Day mealBy Shaylyn EspositoSMITHSONIAN.COM MARCH 15, 2013It’s hard to think of St. Patrick’s Day without glittered shamrocks, green beer, leprechauns, and of course, corned beef and cabbage. Yet, if you went to Ireland on St. Paddy’s Day, you would not find any of these things except maybe the glittered shamrocks. To begin with, leprechauns are not jolly, friendly cereal box characters, but mischievous nasty little fellows. And, just as much as the Irish would not pollute their beer with green dye, they would not eat...