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Leprechauns, Irish Blessings, and St. Patricks Day

Updated on July 2, 2018
May your day be filled with love and money.
May your day be filled with love and money. | Source

Leprechaun Fun, Weird, and Unusual Facts

  • A Leprechaun carries one gold coin of each year of their life in their pot.
  • A leprechaun usually takes the form of an old man who enjoy causing mischief.
  • A leprechaun is always male.
  • According to legend, if you make direct eye contact with a leprechaun he cannot escape. However, the moment you break direct eye contact he is free to escape.
  • Leprechauns have been know to be fond of a mug or two and can often be found intoxicated.
  • Leprechauns are also called Irish faeries and are very tiny elf-like creatures about two to three feet tall.
  • The trade of a leprechaun is that of a cobbler or shoemaker.
  • A leprechauns favorite outfit is a green jacket, red pants,and a hat trimmed in red or green.
  • Leprechauns are used by the tourist bureau of Ireland to promote tourism and entice people to visit Ireland.
  • Leprechaun are supposedly very well spoken and can carry on a good conversation.
  • Leprechauns are thought to be extremely wealthy and hide their gold in various secret places.
  • A leprechaun is fond of his tobacco and can often be found smoking a clay pipe filled with his favorite blend.
  • The name leprechaun comes from the Irish Gaelic leipreachán meaning, 'a pigmy, a sprite, a leprechaun.
  • If you manage to capture a leprechaun he must give you his pot of gold.
  • Leprechauns live in the large grassy hills, wild areas and forests of Ireland.
  • When a rainbow appears it cause a leprechaun great anxiety because of the belief that a pot of gold can be found at the end of the rainbow.

Irish Blessings and Toasts

May you be in
Heaven a half hour before the
Devil knows you're dead!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

May the best day of your past
Be the worst day of your future.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

"May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you
In the palm of his hand."

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I drink to your health when I'm with you,

I drink to your health when I'm alone,

I drink to your health so often,

I'm starting to worry about my own.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

May the Lord keep you in His hand
And never close His fist too tight.

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Here’s to you and yours and to mine and ours. And if mine and ours ever come across to you and yours, I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours as mine and ours have done for you and yours!

~ Irish Toast ~

Anyone acquainted with Ireland knows that the morning of St/ Patrick's Day consisits of the night of the seventeenth of March flavored strongly with the morning of the eighteenth.

~ Author Unknown ~

An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.

~ Irish saying ~

St. Patrick… one of the few saints whose feast day presents the opportunity to get determinedly whacked and make a fool of oneself all under the guise of acting Irish.

~ Charles M. Madigan ~

There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish
And those who wish they were.
~ Irish Saying ~

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.
~ Alex Levine ~


Traditional St. Patricks Day dinner - corned beef and cabbage.
Traditional St. Patricks Day dinner - corned beef and cabbage. | Source

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup milk

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 400 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Beat eggs in a bowl and set aside.

Place the Parmesan cheese into a shallow bowl.

In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking soda until well combined.

Add in milk, several tablespoons at a time, until the mixture forms a soft dough.

Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface, and knead several times until the dough comes together.

Roll the dough out into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick, and cut into 2x3-inch squares.

Brush each square with beaten egg, and dip the top of the square into the Parmesan cheese.

Place the squares onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until the squares are lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Irish Cabbage

Ingredients:

1 small head of cabbage
4 tbsp margarine
3 bacon grease

1/4 tsp mace
1/2 tsp flour
1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

Shred the cabbage.

Melt half the butter in a heavy pot; then add the cabbage and toss until covered with the butter.

Add bacon grease, cover and cook gently for about 20 minutes.

By this time the liquid should be nearly absorbed, and the cabbage cooked.

Add mace and flour, and stir well; then add the rest of the butter and toss until melted into the cabbage.

Add pepper and serve.


Quick and Easy Irish Stew

 Ingredients:

4 cups cooked, cubed lamb

3/4 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

1 med onion, chopped

4 to 5 carrots, thinly sliced

6 cups chicken broth

1 tsp dried sage

1 tsp dried basil leaves

1 tsp garlic powder 

1 tsp dried parsley

1 (10 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables

3 cups diced red skin potatoes

3 stalks celery, chopped

1/8 cup flour

Directions: 

Combine chicken, mushrooms, onion, carrots and broth in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Simmer for 30 minutes.

Stir in sage, basil, garlic, parsley, mixed vegetables, potatoes and celery, and cook until potatoes are tender.

Stir in flour to thicken sauce and serve.

May you always have

Walls for the winds,

A roof for the rain,

Tea beside the fire,

Laughter to cheer you,

Those you love near you,

And all your heart might desire!

— Irish Blessing
What's St. Patrick's Day without green beer?
What's St. Patrick's Day without green beer? | Source

Just a Few Little Facts About St. Patrick's Day

  • St Patrick was not Irish. How can that be? He was actually from Wales.
  • 3.9 billion dollars were spent this last St. Patrick's Day.
  • The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in New York in the 1760s.
  • 60% of Americans planned to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 2018.
  • A crystal ball of shamrocks is given every year to the American president by the Irish president.


© 2011 Susan Hazelton

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Dim, I am so glad I brought you so much pleasure. I love St. Patrick's Day and Leprichauns.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      This is the funniest thing I´ve read in a long time. It has reduced me to tears ,making me think of my dad and his sister my dear old Aunty Kate, who always had fresh shamrock sent over to Wales, where we lived ,when growing up. If it were not for the old arthritis I could still do a decent Irish Jig. Thank you so much for this. Hilarious jokes , especially anything to do with lepricorns,. How I miss my Irish relatives, all passed on now, drinking guiness in Heaven , maybe.... xxxxxxxx

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I agree, jamiecoins. It is a perfect movie to watch on St. Patrick's Day.

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      jamiecoins 

      7 years ago from ireland

      a great movie to watch would be derby o gill

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dearabbysmom, I hadn't thought about leprechauns all being male but realized after I heard about it that I had never seen a picture of a female leprechaun.

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      dearabbysmom 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Great interesting hub! I never thought about the fact that leprechauns are always male. And I didn't know they were often drunk :) I also love the "may the road rise to meet you" blessing...my church choir uses it as our benediction.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      jamiecoins, coming from an Irishman concerning a hub about leprechauns that quite a compliment. Thanks.

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      jamiecoins 

      7 years ago from ireland

      great hub imfrom irelan great read

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Delores, I think the Irish are a sentimentally emotional group. I love their blessings and sayings.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      mulberry, I'm looking forward to the corned beef and cabbage also. For some reason I only get it on St. Patricks Day.

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love the Irish Blessing. "May the road rise to greet you" is such a beautifully put sentiment.

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      Christine Mulberry 

      7 years ago

      Very educational. Thank you for the recipes too. St. Patrick's day is coming up soon, looking forward to my corned beef and cabbage!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jean, I think the Irish like to believe. It seems to be part of their heritage. Let me know how you like the Irish Soda Bread.

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      Jean Bakula 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      I didn't realize that the Irish really do believe in the fairies and elves. I am one quarter Irish, and my Dad was born on St. Pat's Day, so we celebrate it. The recipe for the Irish Soda Bread looks good, I love it when I buy it at this season, but may try making my own now! Great hub!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Om, I love the idea of the wee people. They sound so mischievous. I understand they don't like humans but I sure would like to catch one and win that pot of gold.

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      What a cute hub! I love little quirky leprechauns. (And due to my height, I kind of look like them.) Thanks for sharing these leprechaun fun facts and yummy recipes. I never had Irish soda bread. Can't wait to try it. :)

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Rhonda, I appreciate the comment. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks carrie. I found the Irish stew to be quie good. If you decide to try it let me know how you liked it.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks James. I foud leprechauns interesting becaue it takes a wee bit of imagination to believe they are there.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, I think your friends might just be right. There is a little of blarney in us all. Thanks

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      Rhonda Musch 

      7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      A really nice hub and so well written. A very nice tribute to Saint Patty's Day.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

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      carrie450 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Nice hub KoffeeKlatch Gals. The Irish stew seems good. I may try it out, thanks.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for the education about leprechauns. I enjoyed the whole Hub. It is very good.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      My friends of the Irish persuasion always claimed that there is a wee bit of the Irish in all of us. Nice tribute to st Patrick's day.

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