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What do the color green, parades and March 17th have in common?  Of course, it is St.Patrick’s Day (also known as the Feast of St Patrick).

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by millions of people across the globe.  People wear the color green, drink green beverages and decorate houses and businesses in shamrocks.  In fact, the wearing of the green is a tradition that dates back to a story written about St. Patrick in 1726.  St. Patrick (c. AD 385–461) was known to use the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity and to have worn green clothing.

  • The Feast of St. Patrick started in the early 17 century. The day marks the death of St. Patrick and was chosen as an official Christian feast day and is observed by the Catholic Church. The day is also a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
  • In 2010, the average Irish person aged 15+ drank 11.9 litres of pure alcohol, according to provisional data. That’s the equivalent of about 44 bottles of vodka, 470 pints or 124 bottles of wine.
  • Irish cuisine is a style of cooking originating from Ireland or developed by Irish people. It evolved from centuries of social and political change and mixing between the different cultures on the island, predominantly English and Irish. The cuisine takes its influence from the crops grown and animals farmed in its temperate climate.
  • There is a famous Irish dessert known as Drisheen, a surprisingly delicious black pudding.
  • Traditional dishes include Irish stew, coddle, and Irish breakfast.
  • The leprechaun, famous to Ireland, is said to grant wishes to those who can catch them.
  • The first fish and chips was served in Dublin in the 1880’s by Italian immigrants.
  • Corned beef is strictly an American invention, the Irish don’t actually eat it to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Over 41.5 billion pounds of beef are produced each year for St. Patrick’s Day, with the majority of it coming from Texas and over 2.5 billion pounds of cabbage are produced with the majority grown in California.
  • The Irish Potato Famine is an event that stands out in the history of Irish foods. Once the potato came along in the late 16th century, that began to change. By the 18th century, potatoes were the mainstay of the Irish diet.
  • When this potato succumbed to disease in the 1840s, the country fell into famine.
  • Before the potato was introduced to the country, beans, peas and wheat served as mealtime staples.
  • Strong alcoholic beverages such as Guinness, Beamish, Murphy’s and a variety of ales are commonly associated with Ireland.
  • The original Guinness Brewery in Dublin has a 9,000 year lease.
  • Whiskey of all types are popular throughout Ireland, and dedicated visitors can travel the country sampling the many varieties.
  • When whiskey and whipped cream are added to coffee, the brew is known around the world as “Irish coffee.”
  • Flavored Potato chips were invented by an Irish man.  Joseph ‘Spud’ Murphy, the man behind the famous Irish Tayto potato chips, was actually the creator of the flavored potato chip. After much experimentation, in 1954 Murphy came up with three crisp flavours, cheese & onion, barbecue and salt & vinegar.
  • The oldest known farming fields in the world are in Mayo. The Céide Fields in county Mayo are the oldest known field systems in the world, over five and a half thousand years old. Basically the earliest intact evidence of a farmer keeping animals in one place! It is a unique UNESCO Neolithic landscape of world importance, which has changed our perception of our Stone Age ancestors. The remains of stone field walls, houses and megalithic tombs are preserved beneath a blanket of peat over several square miles.
  • Ireland is actually the largest banana importer in Europe.
  • Potatoes are the world’s 4th most important food crop. In Irish history , they ranked as number 1. Today they stand behind maize, wheat and rice.
  • The Irish eat about 250 pounds of potatoes a year. Americans eat just 140 pounds.
  • The average height of Irish men is 5′ 8″.
  • The average height of Irish women is 5’5″.
  • 73% of Americans are unable to locate Ireland on a map bereft of country names.
  • RTE’s “The Late Late Show” is the world’s second-longest-running talk show.
  • 57% of Irish people wear glasses or contact lenses.
  • Dublin boasts one pub for every 100 head of population.
  • Check out this delicious Reuben Casserole from #holidayfoodies.

Sources:

National Day Calendar

Foodimentary

Mobile-Cuisine

Irish Taste Club

Tenon Tours

Irish Central

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