It’s the day that everyone loves and more specifically, that everyone loves Ireland!
This tiny island on the west of Europe gets celebrated across the world today in a way that no other country does! A day where the world’s landmarks, rivers, drinks, milkshakes and even Fiverr’s logo (?) are coloured green for a day. A day where Irish people celebrate their reputation as the world’s heaviest drinkers (even though in the latest OECD poll we came a disappointing fifth…) by inviting the world to join us for a day of drinking.
Here’s a few things to remember about Irish people to help you in those extremely intellectual conversations that go on after consuming 10 pints.
- It’s Paddy’s day, not Patty’s day.
- The little Irish drum is called a bodhrán (pronounced b-ow-rawn)
- Leprechauns (Lep-rek-awns) are actually unfriendly grinch-like creatures
- Guinness contains some iron and was advertised in Ireland as a healthy “good for you” drink up to relatively recently.
- Irish people cannot take compliments
- With all our great literary, musical, comedic and arts figures of the past and more recent times, we are most proud of the TV series “Father Ted” - if you haven’t seen it, go to youtube now.
- In the “Great Famine” 1 million people died and 1 million left as refugees (worth remembering these days) out of a population of roughly 8 million. Population today is around 4 million.
- Dublin, the capital city, is home to more than a quarter of the population and the name comes from an anglicized version of the Irish “Dubh Linn” meaning Black Pool.
- Irish people are generally “begrudgers” - people who hate to see others doing better than them. This is best illustrated by Irish people’s almost universal hatred of Bono.
- The phrase “It’ll be grand” is used any time something is likely to go wrong.
Here’s a few more Irish phrases for you to use ad hoc throughout the day.
Póg mo thóin (poge mu ho-in) - Kiss my are (not as)
Céad míle fáilte (cade mee-le fault-eh) - one hundred thousand welcomes
Ceart go leor (k-yart guh lore) - OK
Go raibh maith agat (Guh rev maw agut) - Thanks
Cúpla focal (coop-la fuk-al) - a couple of words, usually referring to the use of a small amount of Irish (Gaeilge) that you learned in school.
Finally, here’s a traditional Gaelic blessing.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!