Posts tagged ‘Ireland’

March 17, 2014


Saint Patrick’s holy day is the day of his death, and subsequent entrance to heaven, rather than the day of his physical birth. After spending most of his adult life converting the pagans of Ireland to Christianity, St. Patrick went to his reward on March 17, 461 AD.


March 16, 2014


According to legend, St. Patrick drove all the snakes, or in some translations, “toads,” out of Ireland. In reality, this probably did not occur, as there is no evidence that snakes have ever existed in Ireland, the climate being too cool for them to thrive. Despite that, scholars suggest that the term “snakes” may be figurative and refer to pagan religious beliefs and practices rather than reptiles or amphibians.


March 14, 2014


 St. Patrick’s Day was a dry holiday in Ireland until 1970.  Irish law, from 1903 to 1970, declared St. Patrick’s Day a religious observance for the entire country meaning that all pubs were shut down for the day. That meant no hard liquor, for public celebrants. The law was overturned in 1970, when St. Patrick’s was reclassified as a national holiday – allowing pubs to once again be open for the holiday.


March 11, 2014


Many Irish family names start with “Mac” or “O’… “, which respectively means “son of…” and “grandson of…” in Gaelic.


March 6, 2014


 The odds of finding a four-leaf clover is about 1 in 10,000.