Soda Bread and Colcannon...St. Patrick's Day!

I'm sure most Americans are somewhat familiar with St. Patrick, so I'm not going to get into his story, like I did with St.David of Wales, as the average American schoolchild has surely been told the story about St. Patrick driving the snakes from Ireland, whether they see it as a veiled reference to earlier pagan practices or not.   

...and orangutans, a breakfast cereals, and fruit bats, and large chunks of oatmeal, and bananas, and raisins, and koalas, and blueberries...

It's always fascinating to see how the Industrial Revolution changed even the most basic aspects of our modern life.  Before, I've mentioned the affect it had on when we had our meals...leading to the creation of teatime, to fill the gap that was created.  Today, though, I'd like to discuss how it has affected what we eat for a given meal, specifically breakfast.  Because until 200 years ago, there really was no such thing as breakfast cereal.