Top Ten St Patrick’s Day Facts

Happy St Patrick’s Day, everyone! I have to admit, I don’t tend to celebrate this one in a huge way, not being Irish and thinking Guiness is, at best, fine in small quantities. So I’ve decided instead to go looking for fun St Patrick’s Day facts. Want to hear my top ten St Patrick’s Day facts?

Top ten St Patrick's Day Facts
The Chicago River on St Patrick’s Day. Image credit: Wikimedia commons
  1. Traditionally Lent restrictions are lifted for St Patrick’s Day (so I’ll be seeking out the biggest sandwich ever)
  2. As well as being the Patron Saint of Ireland, St Patrick is the Patron Saint of Nigeria and of engineers
  3. In spite of this, St Patrick was originally from Wales
  4. Traditionally, every year, the Irish leader hands a bowl of shamrocks to the US president. The US Secret Service immediately destroys it after the ceremony
  5. Similarly, The Queen Mother used to present shamrocks to members of the Irish Guard. The Irish Guard wear the shamrock to this day
  6. Until 1970, pubs in Ireland would be closed on the 17th, because drinking tended to get out of hand
  7. Every day 5.5 million pints of Guinness are sold. On St Patrick’s Day that figure doubles.
  8. The original colour associated with St Patrick was blue, not green. At the time green was considered unlucky
  9. Every year 40 tonnes of green dye are poured into the Chicago River in celebration of the event, it usually stays green for about five hours.
  10. There’s no such thing as a female leprechaun. According to traditional Irish folk law, all leprechauns are men.

Do you have plans to celebrate St Patrick’s Day? Do you have any favourite facts about the event? Let me know in the comments.


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