Here’s a few little known facts about the man known as St.Patrick!
1)Although he introduced Christianity to Ireland in the year 432, St Patrick wasn’t Irish himself, he was Welsh!
2)St. Patrick is said to have used the humble shamrock as a teaching tool. The three-leaved plant was used to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to the pagan Irish. The Shamrock is symbolic of Ireland for that reason and not the 4 leafed clover (take note Donald Trump)!
3)The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York in the 1760s.
4)In Chicago every year, the Plumbers Local 110 union dyes the river “Kelly” green. The dye lasts for about five hours.
5)5.5 million pints of Guinness are downed around the world every day. On St. Patrick’s Day that figure is doubled!
6)For a long time, Dripsey in County Cork had the world’s shortest St Patricks parade, just 77 feet, the distance between two pubs – The Weigh Inn and The Lee Valley.
7)For most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was considered a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, which meant that the nation’s pubs were closed for business on March 17th………..?
8)Don’t be fooled by any St Patricks decorations showing female leprechauns. In traditional Irish folk tales, there are no lady leprechauns, only nattily attired little guys!
9)Never mind ‘Cheers’, Popular Irish toasts on St Patrick’s Day, include: ‘May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out’ also ‘Slaintè’ is regularly shouted!
10)Miracles attributed to St Patrick include, the driving of serpents out of Ireland. However, evidence suggests post-glacial Ireland never had any snakes in the first place.
Happy St.Patricks Day!