History & Facts
- St. Patrick’s Day is
observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the
patron saint of Ireland.
- St. Patrick is the
patron saint of Ireland, although he was born in Britain, around 385AD.
- St. Patrick's given name
was Maewyn Succat.
- His parents Calpurnius
and Conchessa were Roman citizens living in either Scotland or Wales,
according to different versions of his story.
- At age 16 he was
kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. During his 6
years as a slave he turned to religion for solace.
- He escaped slavery and
made his way to Gaul where he changed his name to Patrick and studied in
the monastery under St. Germain.
- St. Patrick converted
pagans to Christianity, angering the Celtic Druids who threw him in
prison many time as a result.
- St. Patrick did not
actually drive snakes out of Ireland; the snakes represent the Pagans
that he converted to Christianity.
- It is believed that he
died on March 17 in the year 461 AD.
- March 17th is a
worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history.
- St. Patrick’s Day is a
national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian
province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- According to St.
Patrick's Day lore, Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to
explain the Christian holy trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy
- According to legend, on
the day of Judgement, while Christ judges all other nations, St Patrick
will be the judge of the Irish.
- The very first St.
Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737.
- Since 1962, tons of
green dye are tipped for St Patrick’s Day into the Chicago river,
although the quantity has reduced, for environmental reasons, from 100
- Many people wear green
on this holiday to avoid being pinched.
Irish soda bread gets its name
and distinctive character from the use of baking soda rather than yeast as
a leavening agent.
There are 36.9 million U.S.
residents with Irish roots. This number is more than eight times the
population of Ireland itself (4.5 million)
The original Irish name for
Leprechaun is "lobaircin," meaning "small-bodied fellow."
Leprechauns have nothing to do
with St. Patrick or the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a Catholic holy
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your favorite St.
Patrick's Day Family Recipes &
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Bread with Raisins
Nonstick vegetable oil
2 cups all purpose flour
5 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons butter, chilled, cut into cubes
1 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Spray 8-inch-diameter cake pan with nonstick spray. Whisk flour, 4
tablespoons sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in large bowl to
blend. Add butter. Using fingertips, rub in until coarse meal forms. Make
well in center of flour mixture. Add buttermilk. Gradually stir dry
ingredients into milk to blend. Mix in raisins.
Using floured hands, shape
dough into ball. Transfer to prepared pan and flatten slightly (dough will
not come to edges of pan). Sprinkle dough with remaining 1 tablespoon
Bake bread until brown and
tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool bread
in pan 10 minutes. Transfer to rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
5 pounds corned brisket of
6 peppercorns, or packaged pickling spices
3 carrots, peeled and quartered
3 onions, peeled and quartered
1 medium-sized green cabbage, quartered or cut in wedges
Melted butter (about 4 tablespoons)
Place the corned beef in
water to cover with the peppercorns or mixed pickling spices (in
supermarkets, these often come packaged with the corned beef). Cover the
pot or kettle, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 hours or until
tender, skimming occasionally. During the last hour, add the carrots and
onions and cover again. During the last 15 minutes, add the cabbage.
Transfer meat and vegetables to a platter and brush the vegetables with
the melted butter. Serve with boiled parsley potatoes, cooked separately.
(The stock can be saved to add to a pot roast or stew instead of other
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