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St. Patrick’s Day is finally upon us! With it being one of the biggest national holidays to be celebrated around the world, we began to think just how much people know about the day in question. Incase you’re not up to date on your Paddy’s Day trivia, here’s our top facts :

– St. Patrick, Paddy, Patty etc wasn’t even the man’s real name. Apparently, his name was Maewyn Succat, but he changed it to Patrick once he became a bishop.

– As the legend goes, St. Patrick was kidnapped at the age of 16 by Irish raiders. He lived over here for a number of years before escaping back to Britain, where he was initially born.

– Forget about green, we should all really be wearing blue this Paddy’s Day. Green only became associated with the day after Ireland received its independence from Britain. St. Patrick’s original colour was a shade of light blue.

– For most of the 20th century, St. Patrick’s Day was a dry holiday. The day was considered to be so religious, that all the pubs closed and alcohol couldn’t be bought on the day. This all changed in the 70’s when the day was considered a national holiday, rather than a religious holiday.

– On the note of alcohol being sold on Paddy’s Day, over 13 million pints of Guinness are sold around the world on the 17th of March to mark the occasion.


– Speaking of parades, the smallest parade in Ireland took place in Dripsey, Co. Cork between 1999 and 2007. The festivities spanned just under 80 feet, and went between the two pubs in the town. How very Irish!

–Once the Taoiseach gives the US President a bowl of shamrock, it is destroyed within the hour by US Officials. As a matter of national security, nobody is allowed give the American president a gift of flowers or food.



– Over 4.5 million people in Canada currently claim Irish origin. We wonder if they’re really of Irish decent or just trying to get in on the fun…

-There are more Irish people living in the US than in Ireland. It’s estimated that over 34 million American’s have Irish roots, whereas there are only 4.5 million people living in Ireland today. We’ve been outnumbered!

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-Over 45lbs of green vegetable dye will be put in the Chicago River this St. Patrick’s Day. The tradition has occurred for the last 40 years, and will see the river turn a bright green hue for roughly five hours.

– St. Patrick’s Day isn’t only a national holiday in Ireland, but also in Montserrat in the Caribbean. The island has approximately 4,000 inhabitants, and became home to a vast number of Irish emigrants in the early 17th Century. Taking the celebrations one step further than us, Montserrat dedicate a whole week to the festivities. We’re not sure Ireland would cope with that…

-We hate to admit it, but the first St. Patrick’s Day parade didn’t occur in Ireland, but in the US! The first official St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York in 1766.

– Everyone associates St. Patrick with ridding Ireland of snakes, but according to top scientists and fossil records, that never happened and Ireland never had snakes in the first place. Apparently, during the Ice Age, Ireland was too cold to home reptiles, and the cool temperature of the sea has starved off snakes ever since.

– Throughout the day, over 4,500 barriers are put in place to line the streets of Dublin during the parade, and approximately half a million people travel to Dublin City to take part in and view the festivities. Remember, stay safe!