IT'S A ST. PATTY'S DAY CONTROVERSY
First thing's first: there's no corn involved. Secondly, it may not even be Irish!
The traditional St. Patrick's Day meal of corned beef and cabbage may be closer to the hearts of Irish-Americans than the country they are celebrating.
Corned beef can be cured with brine or salt, but either way it comes from a cow. That was a bit of a problem for the Irish, who, back in the day, had lots of cheap pigs around. Bacon and cabbage was actually the staple dish for most Irish rather than beef.
The theory goes that corned beef and cabbage became a popular lunchtime meal in New York City bars in the early 20th century. The bars offered a 'free lunch' to the Irish construction workers who were building NYC. That's how corned beef became known as an 'Irish' food.'