As you may know today is St. Patrick’s Day! I am very Irish, so much that my grandparents wed on St. Patrick’s Day many, many years ago. Although, I am sad to admit that I do not know much about the history of this national holiday. So I thought my informational and fun findings might interest all of you leprechauns also.
St. Patrick’s Day honors St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Today, it marks the anniversary of his death. It is a happy holiday for all Irish people wherever they may be.
Ireland facts I found on Ellen this morning:
Ireland has more sheep than people
Green is that national color so if you pass out on your lawn you will blend right in
The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia, in County Galway
The original Guinness Brewery in Dublin has a 9,000 year lease on it’s property
One traditional Irish cure for a hangover was to be buried up to the neck in moist river sand
Where do those little Leprechauns come from?
These little old men are make-believe fairies from Ireland. They are known to be shoemakers for the fairies. They usually stand about 2 feet tall. They love their gold, so treasure hunters often track them down by the sound of a shoemaker’s hammer. The legend is that if you can catch one you can force him to tell you where he hides his gold.
To spread the green cheer to you all I have found some wonderful St. Patty’s Day jokes for you to share with your friends and family, or in Ireland your sheep.
Why should you never iron your shamrock?
Answer: Because you do not want to press your luck
Why did God invent whiskey?
Answer: So the Irish would never rule the world
How did the Irish Jig get started?
Answer: Too much to drink and not enough restrooms!
Tonight when you are at your local pub and have a fresh new mug of green beer do this cheer:
St. Patrick’s Day Toast
Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer – and another one!
I hope everyone has a great St. Patrick’s Day! To find great pubs for the evening check out the Finnegan’s Pub Crawl list. 100% of their profit goes to local charities.