Date: Sat, 21 Sep 1996 11:24:13 -0600
From: Joan Houston Hall jdhall[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FACSTAFF.WISC.EDU
Subject: Re: "Irish Twins"
Volume III of DARE will have an entry for "Irish twin," defined as "One of
two siblings born within a year of each other."
Here are our citations:
1966 DARE File csWI, Irish twins--two children born within or in less than
one year of each other in a family. (Heard from a doctor in Waunakee.)
1979 DARE File neNJ, They couldn't have children, so they adopted a foreign
baby. Then, within a month of the adoption, she was pregnant. It was just
like the Irish twins--you know, one was conceived right after the other was
1985 Greely _Happy Meek_ 194 neIL, Margaret and Wolfe Junior were Irish
twins, born eleven months apart.
1990 DARE File ceWI, When I was a little girl--about 1920--I heard my Aunt
Minnie refer to a neighbor's babies as "Irish twins." Because I wasn't quite
sure of how long it took to have a baby, I was very interested to find out
that, as Aunt Minnie explained "Irish twins" to me, you could have two
babies within twelve months!
Joan Hall, DARE
jdhall[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]facstaff.wisc.edu