It’s that time of the year again. St Patrick’s Day. To get an idea of how excited Irish people get about March 17th, check out Guinness’ offering from a few years ago.
However, until quite recently, St. Patrick’s Day was a fairly subdued celebration in Ireland. A day off school if you were lucky; a few pints with friends if you were of age, or close enough. The pomp and debauchery is a gift from our American cousins, but since the Irish are never one to refuse a good party, we have become used to the green, garish and garrulous celebrations for which St Patrick’s Day is best known.
There are a gazillion articles about the man himself, and how we celebrate his death (it’s more Easter than Christmas, folks), but here are a few factoids you might not have heard before. So sit back, raise your glass to the man himself, and expand your knowledge of this most famous celebration.