With it being St. Patrick’s Day, I felt it would be fun to give some facts about Ireland. Being Irish, it’s all about bleeding green, orange and white for my family. But there are some fun facts everyone else should know about the mug-clinking, green beer-chugging, slurred-chanting holiday on March 17th.
1. St. Patrick was actually not born in Ireland.
WHAT? That just ruins the whole premise, I know. But he did do a lot of BA stuff for the Irish, even though he was actually kidnapped from his home in Scotland and taken to Ireland. For example, he drove out all of the snakes. Literally, he would be a hailed hero by me for just that. Mr. Saint Patrick also used the shamrock to teach the people about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thereby making this one of the most famous and publicize weed ever known to the planet. Dandelions on a T-Shirt? Nah. Give me a clover!
2. Less than 10% of Irishman are redheads.
There’s another stereotype down the drain. Thanks a lot, The Google. I mean, are they just evolving and losing the redhead gene or was it always lies? Were the small handful of redheads in Ireland plastered across every Irish-related paper, movie, and reference? This is like waking up and realizing your whole life was full of lies. Do the Irish even eat corned beef and cabbage? Do they even have leprechauns? Did they even invent the Lucky Charm? Lies. If you find a redheaded Irish friend, hold them tight and don’t let go. They are a unique group and need our support!
3. They eat potatoes with LITERALLY everything.
Be honest, how many of you read the “literally” in all caps and said it with a Chris Traeger’s voice from Parks and Rec? Anyway, the Irish folk literally have potatoes with every single food item. And then they serve potatoes on the side of your dinner plate, which already has potatoes on it. Any and every type of potato you could think of. I had lasagna in Ireland (they’re very cultured with their food options, you know) last summer and it came with potatoes. I had Shepard’s Pie, which comes with mashed potatoes baked inside it, and yet it came with a side of fries, and then there was a side of boiled potatoes for the table to share. It is carb heaven, I’ll tell you that much.
4. Ireland is actually two countries.
The land mass we call the “Green Isle” is actually two nations. One is Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland, which is the southern and mid-part of the land. The upper part is Northern Ireland and is part of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland also has English flags everywhere, and the Republic of Ireland is the nation with the green, white, and orange flag. So when you say “Kiss me, I’m Irish,” it doesn’t refer to the English-loving, pound sterling-using Loyalists. Cheers to freedom, ya bloody potato lovers!
5. Ireland boasts about one pub per 100 people.
That’s about a pub per family! Or one pub per undergraduate class! This one thing the Irish have perfected. Not only are there that many bars, there are that many crowded bars. I think every 100 person assigned to a bar goes every night. They swig down Jameson and Guinness, like it is water, and eat vinegar chips. Jameson, the good spirit of Ireland, however John Jameson is a Scottish family name. I see what you did there; taking a Scottish drink but making it so much better with that smooth Irish twist.
So remember these fun facts and impress your friends tomorrow. And better yet, if you’re Irish now you sound legit!
** Sláinte = “Cheers”, toast to this tomorrow **
[Photos taken by me in the beautiful homeland]