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A secret place to get a taste of Ireland



n the outside, Kiki’s looks like any old mini-mart, but what’s on the shelves inside tells a different story. The little-noticed market supplies the many Irish here with treats from home. People come from as far as Cape Cod to stock up on Flake bars, Tayto crisps, and Batchelors Beans. Other bestsellers include Crunchie bars, Barry’s Tea, and Lucozade, Ireland’s equivalent of Gatorade. Looking for more than a snack? Grab a loaf of soda bread or a sandwich at the deli. And if you’re as hungry for news of home as you are for a taste of it, pick up a copy of the Irish Independent and see who’s mad at whom this week in Dublin. Macomber


Massachusetts has the largest proportion of Irish people of any American state—24 percent, compared to the national average of just under 12 percent—according to the U.S. Census. There are 36.9 million Irish in America, more than eight times the number who live in Ireland itself.