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How to celebrate St Patricks Day like the Irish!

Updated on February 21, 2013

Firstly you have to know the facts-Take this fun St Patrick's Day quiz and see how much you really know about this famous man.

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2 Minding sheep-He was taken as slave and put tending sheep on Slemish Mountain Co Antrim.

3. False. He took the name Patricius – a Roman name-when he became a priest.His real name is believed to be Maewyn Succat

4 Snakes.

5 Shamrock-He used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.

6. Mayo- In a place called Murrisk-outside Westport.

7. The 17th- This is a trick question-Because of the time difference-they’re a day ahead of us - it’s the 16th here -but the 17th there.

Croagh Patrick-Irelands Holy Mountain-Worlds longest bra chain record breaking attempt With beautiful view of Clew bay
Croagh Patrick-Irelands Holy Mountain-Worlds longest bra chain record breaking attempt With beautiful view of Clew bay | Source

You have to know a couple of Irish Blessings

May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.

May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends, gathered below never fall out.

Add some Irish Cuisine

Now potatoes are without question the staple traditional Irish food and no St. Patrick's Day celebration would be complete without them.

Heres a nice simple recipe from An Bord Bia-The Irish Food Board.

St Patricks Potatoes

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
Yields: Serves 6-8 people


  1. 1kg medium-sized potatoes 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped 100g well-flavoured farmhouse cheese Salt and freshly ground black pepper 300ml milk 300ml double cream
  2. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 1, 140ºC (275ºF). Peel the potatoes and cut them into thin slices. Overlap one-third of the slices over the base of a buttered 2.¼ litre shallow ovenproof dish and sprinkle with half the chopped garlic, one-third of the grated cheese and some salt and pepper. Repeat the layers once more, then finish with a final layer of neatly overlapped potatoes.
  3. Bake for approximately 1½ hours until the potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Cover very loosely with a sheet of foil part-way through cooking after the top has become nicely golden.
  4. These are very rich so a little goes a long way. And the trick to this dish is to cook them very slowly, so that the cream doesn’t curdle.

St Patricks Potatoes

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Wash down with some Guinness

A pint is enough.

Head out to the parade

Dress appropriately.Weather is very changeable in March.

St Patrick's Day parade Dublin Ireland
St Patrick's Day parade Dublin Ireland

Tell a couple of Irish Jokes

Guard/Policeman to Paddy the Irish man-You can’t park here-you’ll have to move along.

Paddy the Irishman-But the sign says “Fine for Parking!”

Why doesn't a snake laugh?

-Because you can’t pull his leg.

Maybe some more Guinness will improve them-or make them seem funnier!

Finally some music-Lots of music.

New Original Celtic Music-fantastic

Home for Supper and Bed.

What? You don't believe me?



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