Celebrating St Patricks Day: Insider Tips and Unusual Facts

By SME Insurance

Posted 16/03/18

Dublin St Patricks Day

St Patrick's Day is a traditional Irish festival which celebrates the patron saint of the Emerald Isle. However, it’s not just celebrated in Ireland  – it is a global phenomenon with festivities taking place across the world [1]!

If you’re lucky enough to be spending St Patrick’s Day weekend in Dublin there are a lot of festivities going on, including the famous parade which starts on Parnell Square at 12pm [2]. So head along to see the floats and soak up the traditional Irish spirit before hitting the pubs for drinks!

Head to the Pub

Temple Bar, which is synonymous with St Patrick’s Day, is sure to be crowded - but there are lots of other fantastic pubs you can pay a visit to. Why not head along for a singalong at the Cobblestone, which plays traditional Irish music and describes itself as a “pub with a music problem” or soak up some history at the Confession Box, the favourite haunt of Michael Collins, one of the leaders of Ireland’s fight for independence? If you’re keen to catch the Six National then head to the Square Ball to watch the match in its memorable astro-turf covered back room [3].

If you’re not in Ireland for the festival, your local pubs and bars are sure to be running special events – so take a look to see what’s going on in your area.

Did you know? Facts About St. Patrick's Day

The daily consumption of Guinness doubles on St Patrick’s Day, with around 13 million pints being sold [4].

Green replaced Saint Patrick’s original colour (light blue) in the late 18th century as a nod to Ireland’s independence movement [5].

Many places across the world “turn green” for St Patrick’s Day – Chicago River has famously been dyed green in celebration every year since 1962 [6].

Unlike in England and Wales, Ireland and Scotland get a dedicated national holiday to help celebrate their Saint’s days [7].

Saint Patrick's Day used to be a strictly religious holiday during which no alcohol was served. This changed in the 1970s [8].

And Finally…

A popular Irish greeting is “may the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.” Try it out this weekend [9]!

1 https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/world-celebrate-st-patricks-day

2 http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/connect/entry/public_security_notice

3 https://www.lonelyplanet.com/ireland/dublin/travel-tips-and-articles/beyond-temple-bar-10-of-dublins-best-pubs/40625c8c-8a11-5710-a052-1479d276c80f

4 http://mentalfloss.com/article/55599/15-delightful-facts-about-saint-patricks-day

5 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8387199/St-Patricks-Day-facts-separating-myth-from-reality.html

6 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-chicago-river-green-dye-st-patricks-day-20150312-htmlstory.html

7 https://publicholidays.co.uk/saint-patricks-day/

http://mentalfloss.com/article/55599/15-delightful-facts-about-saint-patricks-day

9 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8387199/St-Patricks-Day-facts-separating-myth-from-reality.html

 

Posted 16/03/18

Author: SME Insurance

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