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St Patrick’s Day: Top 20 Things You Should Know

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“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” Reba McEntire

St  Patrick's Day: 20 Things You Should Know

St Patrick’s Day: 20 Things You Should Know

Happy St Patrick’s Day!  We know that, over the years, much has been said and written about this American born tradition. Yeah, you got it right. Only a spanner will believe all the malarkey around this day.  So sit tight as I run you through 20 things about this day that many of us believe to be true (but are false), things we don’t know, and those only a Gom should believe as they buy that green beer and imbibe it.  Do you have a sense of humor? If not, read Reba’s quote above, chill out and know that the point of this post is to separate fact from fiction while enjoying the festivities. Moving along…  :mrgreen:  Did you know?

1. St. Patrick wasn’t Irish
2. He was born in Great Britain and his real name was Maewyn Succat NOT Patrick
3. St. Patrick’s color is blue, and that green hat on your head and on other body parts are our own green-eyed monster inventions; they were probably created after a few too many beers.
4. “St. Patty’s Day” NOT! Please call him St. Patrick or St. Paddy… after all, the last time we checked, Patty was/is/always will be female.
5. St. Patrick’s Day as we know it was invented in the United States of America. Yep, you got it right. Now put down the lager.
6. St. Patrick’s Day parade was actually first held in New York in 1762, and the Irish in Ireland joined in many years later.
7. March 17th is the day St. Patrick died. So why all the hoopla? Are you happy the bloke died!?


“Every St. Patrick’s Day every Irishman goes out to find another Irishman to make a speech to.” Shane Leslie

St Patrick's Day: Top 20 Things You Should Know - Green water in fountain

St Patrick’s Day: Top 20 Things You Should Know – Green water in fountain

While you are trying to convince the little ones about those fairies and leprechauns, hold off on the green food color and scary stories. Much of it is an invention. So what are you thinking right now? Did you know that:

8. St. Patrick didn’t drive all the snakes from Ireland; they are alive and well there and everywhere else… the slimy bast….ds!
9. The  harp is the symbol of Ireland not the green shamrock.  Yeah, you knew that one…
10. The idea that shamrocks and clover were his symbols? Malarkey! It’s a great storyline though. By the way, did you know the four leaf clover stands for something? The first leaf is hope, the second is faith, the third is love and the fourth is luck.
11. St. Patrick’s Day used to be a teetotaller aka alcohol dry holiday in Ireland because the Catholic Church wanted it to be so. Yep, Go ask the Pope why it all changed. I’d like us to set aside all that excessive boozing on March 17, frankly.
12. Corned beef and cabbage isn’t a traditional Irish dish. So, you dont have to eat it today, tomorrow, or ever. Well, what the heck?

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St Patrick's Day: Top 20 Things You Should Know - Pub sign

St Patrick’s Day: Top 20 Things You Should Know – Pub sign

While you’re mopping your brow and wondering how and why you fell for a lot of this hooey gooey misinformation, may I remind you that we all love a celebration, and some lead to woo woo land. Hmmm I smell alcohol infused amnesia. The operative word is infused not induced. Righto. Upward and onward! There’s more:

13. Did you know that there are more Irish people living in the U.S. than in Ireland? Ireland has about 4.2. million people and counting.
14. In contrast, we have about 34 million people of Irish descent living in America. Cross my heart!
15. Your chances of finding a four-leaf clover are slim to none – how about 1 in 10,000? I did find one though.
16. Many St. Patrick’s Day “traditions” have nothing to do with Ireland or Irish culture; officially these invented traditions are known as apres ski Oops … faux Irish!
17. Female Leprechauns! Oh Female Leprechauns! They exist in the same city where Unicorns live… Got it?
18. “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” was created by a bunch of New York songwriters Ha!
19. Green Beer is as Irish as the saying on the pub above. On this day, you are …drum roll … YOU!
20. The pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow ain’t coming to a street near you any day soon. (If, by chance, one did happen to find a mystical pot at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day, and it contained 1,000 gold coins weighing one ounce each, WalletHub estimated the total current worth at $1.26 million). I still wish each of you a bit o’ luck of the Irish. Happy Saint Paddy’s Day! 💖

Nevertheless, lest celebrate anyway. Happy Saint Paddy’s Day!

Positive Motivation Tip: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and all that you truly are. You are unique, unadulterated, unapologetic YOU!

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos 3 leaf cloverIrish sign, White House Fountain, via Wikipedia, National Geographic,

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

74 Comments leave one →
  1. Masshole Mommy permalink
    17/03/2015 2:56 pm

    Wow, I had no idea that Corned beef and cabbage wasn’t a traditional Irish dish! You learn something new every day!

    • 18/03/2015 4:51 pm

      I was impressed to read that one too… But I love the festivities too. There are more folks of Irish descent in the US than there are Irish in Ireland… Happy St Paddy’s Day! :mrgreen:

  2. Ben Butler permalink
    17/03/2015 3:10 pm

    This is a really great read. I had no idea that a bunch of New York song writers wrote such a classic “Irish” song.

  3. 17/03/2015 4:03 pm

    I had never heard that quote before but I am going to share it! I like that one: “To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” Reba McEntire

  4. Angela Kinder permalink
    17/03/2015 4:06 pm

    Excellent points!

    The “snakes” that St. Patrick drove out of Ireland were actually pagans in the attempt to convert the druids to Christianity.

    Corned beef & cabbage is the Americanized version of colcannon, which is generally served at Halloween in Ireland (but colcannon is made with potatoes and leafy greens instead).

    Also, the three-leaf clover is supposedly meant to represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    None the less, this Irish girl still celebrates St. Paddy’s Day with her green shamrock shirt!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

    • 17/03/2015 6:03 pm

      Happy Saint Paddy’s Day Angela! 💖 I hear you and thank you. All of this information is in the resources below but, I’m glad you enlightened us on colcannon. Now, go rock out in that green shamrock shirt, girl! I’m rooting for you. :mrgreen:

  5. anallievent permalink
    17/03/2015 4:17 pm

    Thanks for all the St. Patrick’s Day facts! If I see one more food dyed unnaturally green I’m going to scream. 🙂

    • 17/03/2015 5:54 pm

      I’m standing right beside you on that one. I like green, but enough already! Happy St Paddy’s Day! :mrgreen: Hahaha! 😁 Happy Saint Paddy’s Day! 💖

  6. 17/03/2015 4:27 pm

    still wear the green…did you mention the pinching thing???

  7. 17/03/2015 4:36 pm

    I posted something similar to this! I am of Irish decent and I always think it is funny how different it is here than there. However, there are more Irish here than in Ireland, so let em live it up!

    • 17/03/2015 5:52 pm

      Hey, it’s all good with me. ☺ isn’t it amazing though that it originated from here and is quite different from how it is perceived in Ireland? Haha! 💖 Happy St Paddy’s Day! :mrgreen:

  8. 17/03/2015 5:35 pm

    15. Your chances of finding a four-leaf clover are slim to none – how about 1 in 10,000? I did find one though.

    We saw something about those odds on the news today. In a 17 square foot patch of clover (about the size of a bathtub), there are 10,000 clovers . . . and we can process 100’s of clovers per minutes.

    Science says that we should be able to find a four-leaf clover in about 17 minutes ~ as long as the luck of the Irish is with us! :mrgreen:

    Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

    • 17/03/2015 5:41 pm

      Hahaha! 😁 That’s a good one. We could all use a bit o’ luck of the Irish
      Glad to see you here. What a joy! 💖 Happy Saint Paddy’s Day too! :mrgreen:

  9. Liz Mays permalink
    17/03/2015 5:50 pm

    I had no idea how American St. Patrick’s day really is. It’s still fun to participate just for the sake of celebration!

  10. michele d permalink
    17/03/2015 5:56 pm

    That’s actually what I say on March 17th. Everyone is Irish on this day. It’s great day for all!

  11. The Trophy WifeStyle permalink
    17/03/2015 6:08 pm

    I remember learning that St.Patrick wasn’t Irish in school and it kinda shocked me! A whole holiday sorta a lie lol… Oh well, it’s still fun to celebrate even if only for leprechauns 😉

    • 18/03/2015 4:46 pm

      Exactly! I’ll join the parade for the leprechauns. heck, I believe in Unicorns remember? 😉 Happy St Paddy’s Day! :mrgreen:

  12. ninasaysblog permalink
    17/03/2015 6:37 pm

    This is a lot of wonderful information. I’m going to share this with everybody :p

  13. upliftingfam permalink
    17/03/2015 7:49 pm

    These are great facts. Thank you for sharing a bit of history on St Patrick’s Day.

  14. Aisha Kristine Chong permalink
    17/03/2015 7:53 pm

    Oh wow thanks for these facts – it was nice to know the process and details about it – we don’t have St Patricks day with where I am but I am sure it is a lot of fun if ever I get to be engage with it

  15. Heather permalink
    17/03/2015 9:54 pm

    I love these facts! The best one I’ve heard today was that St. Patrick, was Italian, not Irish.

  16. JamericanSpice permalink
    17/03/2015 11:13 pm

    Very good list.
    I really would love to find a clover!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  17. 18/03/2015 12:01 am

    Hilarious ☺

  18. roselynn787 permalink
    18/03/2015 3:43 am

    I honestly didn’t know even half of the things mentioned here. I can’t believe the chances of finding a four leaf clover are so low, I remember always searching for one as a kid lol.

    • 18/03/2015 4:34 pm

      That one was a surprise to me too. But I did find one not so long ago… a bit o’ luck of the Irish, I’d add. 😉 Happy St Paddy’s Day! :mrgreen:

  19. 18/03/2015 4:12 am

    I’m shaking my head here. So Patrick is not his real name and the feast was invented in America. Whatever next. Perhaps St George was Greek, and never took afternoon tea:(

  20. rsrote permalink
    18/03/2015 4:21 am

    Some very interesting facts TY for sharing!

  21. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    18/03/2015 4:23 am

    I had to giggle on what Reba McEntire’s quote. It is true and it makes a lot of sense.

    • 18/03/2015 4:30 pm

      Indeed it is… if we lack a sense of humor, the world can become a very angry place for us. Happy St Paddy’s Day! :mrgreen:

  22. Jessica Beal Harlow permalink
    18/03/2015 4:56 am

    These are good facts to know about a “holiday” that we celebrate! For me, it’s more about celebrating our Irish Heritage, not paying tribute to a “saint” that wasn’t even Irish. LOL

  23. Crystal (The Imperfect Mom) permalink
    18/03/2015 5:04 am

    My family owned some of the original bars in Ireland. It would be a fun trip someday.

  24. loveforlacquer permalink
    18/03/2015 5:07 am

    These are some awesome facts! Hope you had a great St Pattys Day!

  25. justamom8225 permalink
    18/03/2015 6:01 am

    Corned Beef and Cabbage is an Irish American tradition that I will gladly embrace 🙂 I love Celtic Culture so I’ve tried to learn as much about the true roots of St. Patrick’s Day as I can.

  26. Jamie permalink
    18/03/2015 6:40 am

    This is interesting and was mostly new information for me. I don’t really celebrate St Patrick’s Day because I am not of Irish descent, but it is still good info to know!

    • 18/03/2015 4:25 pm

      It’s very interesting information to me too because I wasn’t aware of some of the information I found on the subject… Since it’s a day of merriment, I chose to present some of it as a lark; in a jolly approach. Glad you got the point. Happy Saint Paddy’s Day! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  27. Victoria permalink
    18/03/2015 7:01 am

    We didnt celebrate this year. However, this is a nice list of things to do.

  28. 18/03/2015 7:22 am

    Happy Saint Paddy’s Day! Thanks for sharing these info. 🙂

  29. Ricci permalink
    18/03/2015 8:01 am

    I love learning the history behind holidays. Thanks for the great info!!

  30. 18/03/2015 9:53 am

    Great read.. but so negative point of view! If I would look at this way on any American feast day- my life would be sad. Sorry. I like to enjoy it and I think- every reason is good 🙂

    • 18/03/2015 3:06 pm

      Thank you Patricia … it’s humor. All tongue in cheek. The point isn’t to forget about celebrating this festive event, but to know what’s historical fact and what’s legend. No offense intended here. Happy Saint Paddy’s Day! :mrgreen:

  31. lynndeeee permalink
    18/03/2015 10:09 am

    My husband actually told me some of those things yesterday because he heard it on the radio. He couldn’t remember all so he just mentioned a few. I’ll show this to him later. 🙂

  32. Debbie Denny permalink
    18/03/2015 10:30 am

    I love all the facts. Great post.

  33. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    18/03/2015 3:59 pm

    This is truly awesome information indeed. I love to learning about things like this and I didn’t know about the colors. The suit was blue and the hat green. Interesting indeed. Thanks for sharing.

  34. 18/03/2015 6:15 pm

    This was very interesting. Thanks for the great read. I loved the history.

  35. Stephanie C. permalink
    18/03/2015 9:10 pm

    Love learning new facts like this! I didn’t know a lot of this…..

  36. lisa permalink
    19/03/2015 12:46 pm

    Totally love this list! Learned quite a bit myself!

  37. 19/03/2015 1:18 pm

    Wow…this was a very informative post. I loved learning about the meaning behind the four leaf clover, and how interesting about the population fact (Ireland vs US)! I really did not know a lot of these.

  38. 19/03/2015 1:59 pm

    I just told my husband the corned beef factoid. He laughed and so did I.

  39. Michelle Varga (@dustbunniesblog) permalink
    19/03/2015 7:11 pm

    WOW! This is so interesting! I had no idea about these facts before! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Idaintyit permalink
    18/03/2016 9:51 am

    Loved this! Right? St. Patty’s why?! Never understood that one. Its my birthday on the 17th so I always love this day lol

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