Welcome back to our review of St. Patrick’s Day trivia. In Part 1, we shared interesting trivia about Saint Patrick and assorted fun traditions carried out around the United States. In Part 1, I also promised to share the translation of “Éirinn Go Brách.” Without further ado; that phrase translates to “Ireland Forever” and is used to express Irish nationalism. Here are a few more Irish sayings you can try out while celebrating with family and friends; as far as correct pronunciation is concerned…you’re on your own
Gráim thú means “I Love You.” Sláinte means “To your Good Health” or “Cheers.” Beannachtaí na Fáile Pádraig is a St. Patrick’s Day blessing. Dia dhuit means “Hello” and literally means “God be with you.” Ní fhaca mé le fada thú menas “Long time, no see.” And finally, Go n-éirí an t-ádh leat translates as “Good luck” (literally, May luck rise with you).
While you can try to impress your friends with those Irish phrases, it may be less difficult (and embarrassing) to try out this trivia…
- Many Irish names have an O’ prefix; the O’ prefix means “grandson of.” Mac and Mc are also common and mean “son.”
So what is a leprechaun anyway? A leprechaun is a little shoemaker, typically ill-tempered and wealthy. They like to store away their treasure trove of coins in a pot at the end of a rainbow. It’s said that if you catch a leprechaun, it must grant you three wishes in exchange for its freedom. (photo courtesy spiderwick.wikia.com)
- If you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, you open your self up to get pinched. You might want to be careful with that one now days…
- It’s said that in Ireland, there is one pub for every 350 people; all pubs in Ireland are generally open every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day.
I always thought you kissed the Blarney Stone for good luck. Turns out, you kiss the Blarney Stone to make you less shy and more talkative; to become more eloquent. To learn more about this tradition and how hard it is to actually kiss the Blarney Stone, click here. (photo courtesy blarneycastle.ie)
- The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the New World took place in Boston circa 1737; the first official parade in New York City took place in 1762; it’s the world’s largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade. (main parade image courtesy news.nationalgeographic.com)
Ireland is famous for its green-tinted Connemara marble (used in jewelry making, building facades, flooring and more) and beautiful Waterford Crystal. The Waterford factory melts over 750 tons of led crystal per year. Waterford produces over 45,000 high-end crystal pieces per year. (photo courtesy etsy.com)
- For more St. Patrick’s Day fun facts, visit History.com here.
There’s still time to get some fun St. Patrick’s Day Gifts from Figi’s…but not much time! See them, and other great Holiday gifts, here.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our short tour through St. Patrick’s Day trivia and tradition. We’ll be back soon with more Easter facts and trivia, along with other fun topics, coming later this spring. Thanks again for reading Gourmetmarket.com; please let us know what you think about our blog in the comment field below. If you have some topic ideas, be sure to share them with us as well.