Since St Patrick’s day is right around the corner I figured I would give you some fun facts. My grandmothers parents are from County Cork and County Kerry. On the 17th we will be doing the traditional Irish Dinner. I can’t wait. So on to our facts.
Gaelic is Ireland’s national language. Only in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas of Ireland will you find that Irish is used as the everyday language. In all other parts of Ireland, English is the spoken language.
Ireland’s most famous musical export would have to be U2, closely followed by The Boomtown Rats, Thin Lizzy and more recently Boyzone and Westlife. (Love Westlife. If you don’t know who they are check them out)
Dublin was founded by the Vikings in 988 and was originally called Dubh Linn (which means Black Pool in Irish
First Saint Patrick’s Day parade was in Boston was the proud host with an event organised by the Charitable Irish Society in 1737
Grace O’Malley (Queen of the Pirates) operated off the west coast of Ireland and Ned Kelly (son of an Irish convict) was an infamous Australian outlaw
Killarney, County Kerry is home to the highest mountain – Carrantouhill, part of the mountain range the McGillycuddy Reeks.
Stumble upon a “trad night”, throw in the customary singsong, a bit of Irish dancing and you’re in for a crackin’ evening!
Irish humor some of my favorites I have come across
“not backwards in coming forwards” – means a person is not shy.
“no flies on him” – means a person is not easily deceived.
“she has a tongue that would clip a hedge” – means a person who gossips.
“come for a day and stay for a week” – means someone outstaying their welcome.
In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.
Ireland, has a huge St. Patrick’s Day festival from March 15-19, that features a parade, family carnivals, treasure hunt, dance, theatre and more. In North American, parades are often held on the Sunday before March 17. Some paint the yellow street lines green for the day! In Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed green with a special dye that only lasts a few hours. There has been a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston, Massachusetts since 1737. Montreal is home to Canada’s longest running St. Patrick’s Day parade, which began in 1824.
34 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 US Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people
Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
There is no death penalty in Ireland.
Ireland is a neutral state and is not a member of N.A.T.O.
The famous Titanic ship was built in Belfast.
Ireland has no snakes.
Ireland is the third largest island in Europe and the twenty sixth largest island in the world.
Hand fasting In the traditions of Celtic handfasting the couple’s wrists are bound together using ribbons of thirteen different colors. Each Color has a different meaning.
“May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours. That stay with you all the year long.”