Consumption of corned beef is often associated with Saint Patrick's Day. Corned beef is not considered an Irish national dish, and the connection with Saint Patrick's Day specifically originates as part of Irish-American culture, and is often part of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in North America. In Ireland, the closest traditional dish is Bacon and Cabbage (more akin to Canadian style bacon or ham), as Beef was considered a less desirable meat. Corned beef and cabbage became popular in the U.S. after Irish immigrants in the northeast used corned beef instead of pork in the dish. This substitution was likely due to the low cost of corned beef in the U.S.
When I was young I wouldn't eat either one of these but now that my taste buds are dulled....I think it is delicious and happy that our local restaurant served it for Saint Patrick's Day. Did you eat this traditional dish for Saint Paddy's day?