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Pluck of the Irish

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Here are 10 small-screen Irish families that we've loved making part of ours By Kenny Herzog Special to MSN TVAs St. Patrick's Day approaches, visions of clovers and Celtic crosses begin dancing in many people's heads. In our consciousness, images of television's great Irish come to mind, whether it's hard-living "The Wire" detective Jimmy McNulty or resilient "South Park" tyke Kenny McCormick. We also can't help but confront the reality that Irish TV personas, like most ethnicities or nationalities, are often limited to stereotyped characterizations. In this case, that can run the gamut from tough-talking street cop to fun-loving boozehound, with some occasional nonsense about rainbows and men in tiny green tuxedos in there somewhere. But true Irish pride, as is also the case for most folks, begins and ends with family. Not that there can't be a clan of tough-talking street cops, à la the Reagans on "Blue Bloods" (Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS). So as March 17 descends and we celebrate both the great Patron Saint Pat and more than 150 years of contributions to American life, here are 10 small-screen Irish families that we've loved making part of ours. Bing: More about Tom Selleck | 'Blue Bloods'Who's your favorite TV family? Connect and sound off on Facebook and Twitter(CBS)
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