BY: Dennis Cassinelli
During the Comstock mining days, most of the miners who came here to work in the mines were Irish, Scotch, Welsh or Cornish. There were countless lively squabbles and skirmishes among the different groups after hours in the local saloons.
If I had lived here in those days, and made the assertion that Saint Patrick was Italian, I am sure I would have had a fight on my hands. The fact is, the statement has more truth than most people realize. I still don’t encourage anyone to enter an Irish pub on Saint Patrick’s Day and proclaim that the Patron Saint of Ireland was Italian. You would likely get your mouth washed out with green beer and acquire some knuckle bumps on your head.