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A Classic Way to Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day

Updated on March 3, 2015

The Quiet Man on DVD

The Quiet Man is on Netfllix!

I have *THE PERFECT* movie for you to watch to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day!

How about a lovely stay-in date night or family movie night this Saint Patrick's Day? Travel to the GORGEOUS Ireland country side with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. (1952)

This movie is a classic and it's completely hilarious. It's the main event of our Saint Patrick's Day celebration. This year, for the first time ever, my family is coming over to my house for it.

If you don't have Netflix, don't fret, just click my Amazon link so you can get the DVD in time!

Make a Facebook Event

Go ahead and use my Cover Photo if you like! Right click and select 'Save Image As'. Then, simply upload a photo in your event page.

Invite your family! Or have a party and invite your friends! Or get a keg of green beer and invite EVERYONE!

Insist that everyone wear green or a funny Irish accessory!

You can make it a potluck - everyone bring a dish / snack!

You can make it a BYOGB / BYOGD!
(Bring Your Own Green Beer / Bring Your Own Green Drinks)

You can decorate your house with all things Irish / Green / Shamrocks / St. Patrick!

Gather around the tube and set out some snacks and drinks: I have several suggestions for you in this very hub.

John Wayne does Westerns


Well, true. But that's not all he does. This classic film, set in Ireland is about a former wrestler.

This is my favorite John Wayne movie. He is absolutely perfect in this role!

Synopsis of The Quiet Man

Sean Thornton (played by John Wayne) is a simple man trying to escape a traumatizing event from his adult life back in the States by heading home to Innisfree, Ireland. While trying to buy back the little cottage that once belonged to his family, he has to battle with someone else who's been trying to purchase the land. One sunshiny day, he notices that man's sister, Mary Kate Danaher (played by Maureen O'Hara) and instantly falls in love. The fiery redhead doesn't make it easy on him, and hilarity / romance ensues.

My Favorite Quiet Man Quotes

"When I drink whiskey, I drink whiskey and when I drink water, I drink water."

"No patty-fingers in the holy water!"

"He'll regret it till his dying day, if ever he lives that long."

"I don't get this. Why do we have to get you along? Back in the States, I'd drive up, honk the horn, the gal'd come a-runnin'..."
"Come a-runnin? I'm no woman to be honked at and come a-runnin!"

"Now I want you's all to cheer like Protestants!"

--- There are SO many more! ---

Food for Your St. Patrick's Day Gathering

Option 1: Corned Beef and Cabbage

Option 2: Classic Movie Night Food + Irish Soda Bread and Shamrock Shakes

Personally, I'm going with Option 2. (However, I might dye Chicken Pot Pie green on the 17th (St. Paddy's Day is a Tuesday this year so my gathering is the Saturday before.).)

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

I'm sorry I don't have a recipe for you. I happen to think the store-bought loaves of bread are much easier and just as (or at least almost as) delicious. Once, I actually made it, and it was difficult, but very tasty so if you're into it, I recommend Pinterest! That site has all my best recipes!! Oh and there's also copy-cat recipes for McDonald's Shamrock Shakes there! Good luck.

Soda Bread tip: BUTTER IT! It's so much better with butter!


On the Menu for the Gathering

- Pizza
- Irish Soda Bread
- Green Rice Krispie Treats
- Shamrock Cookies
- Cupcakes
- Chips 'n Dip (you could dye French Onion dip green!)
- Green Beer (if I can find some)
- Shamrock Shakes

On Saint Patrick's Day, you should dye food green whenever possible.

Why Green?

Green has been associated with Ireland since way back before they revolted against Britain, and St. Patrick often wore green or shamrocks. He used the shamrock to teach the pagans about the Holy Trinity (three leaves) when he was converting the Irish. Even though St. Patrick was not actually Irish, he became the patron saint of Ireland for his efforts there.

Check out Wikipedia for more information about Ireland from long ago and what the "wearing of green" is all about.


Do You Celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Leave a Comment to Share HOW!

Do you do anything with friends or family to celebrate this holiday?

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YOUR Traditions

I'm so interested to hear what everyone else does to celebrate our great Saint Patrick! I'm only 50% Irish so I'm sure there's a lot of people who go ALL OUT! Let me know in the comments, please!

To Get You in the St Patty's Day Spirit: an Irish Flash Mob

To Wrap Up

The Quiet Man - ultimate Ireland movie - is on Netflix! It's also available for purchase on amazon (link above)!

Somehow get the movie, assemble friends and family, eat food, watch the movie, drink some green beer or green shakes, and have a grand 'ol time!

Then come back to this hub and tell me your favorite Quiet Man quote! You. Are. Welcome.

I'm going to leave you with a prayer. Thanks for reading & any social shares are very much appreciated!

A Simple Prayer from St. Patrick

"Christ beside me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ within me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me."

- St. Patrick


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    • ForLoveofCupcakes profile image

      Jamie Jensen 3 years ago from Chicago

      Yep and they're delicious!!

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      mcd has green drinks too?