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St. Patrick's Day March 17th

Updated on March 13, 2018
St. Patrick depicted in a stained glass window at St. Benin's Church, Ireland
St. Patrick depicted in a stained glass window at St. Benin's Church, Ireland | Source

A Wee Bit Of Irish History

Celebrated internationally on March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, which is named after patron Saint Patrick the national apostle of Ireland. He was born in the fourth century in Roman Britain and kidnapped around the age of 16 by Irish raiders. He was sold as a slave to an Irish chieftain

Six years passed and upon hearing a voice in his sleep telling him to escape to a ship that was waiting for him 200 miles away, he fled and returned to Britain. Upon returning to he studied to become a priest, later returning to Ireland as a Bishop to get the Irish people to become Christians rather than their native polytheism.

The reason why the shamrock is the national flower of Ireland is that St. Patrick would use it to teach the Irish the Holy Trinity. Originally this was a Catholic holiday and in the early 17th century became a feast day.

My favorite Irish Blessing

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.

Corn Beef and Cabbage not a Traditional Meal?

Corn beef and cabbage would always be on the menu at our house as my Dad being of Irish descent. We would always have fish on Fridays, corn beef on St. Paddy’s day, and Irish Mist would always in the liqueur cabinet. In Ireland however, I believe the traditional dish is bacon with cabbage, an apple tart for dessert, and Irish coffee to top off the meal. Corn beef and cabbage is a North American traditional meal for St. Patrick’s Day.

Cabbage and Bacon


St. Patrick's Day Parade

While growing up in Montreal we would always go to the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade is a three-hour presentation, which now is usually held on the Sunday before or after the actual day. Montreal has been having these parades since 1824. According to statistics done in 2006, 5.5% of the people in Quebec are Irish or of Irish descent.

Irish Mist
Irish Mist

Irish Mist

First liqueur to be produced in Dublin Ireland in 1947 but the actual recipe is over 1000 years old. The Irish mist company has changed hands a few times over the years and now is owned by Gruppo Campari. This liqueur tastes great straight up, over the rocks.

Rusty Mist

1 oz. Irish Mist

1 oz. Drambuie

Black Nail

¾ oz. Irish whiskey

¾ oz. Irish Mist

Orange Peel for garnish

A Popular drink in Ireland would be Irish Mist mixed with Cola and lime. Of course it tastes great in coffee too.



Irish Coffee

Fill a glass mug 2/3 full of coffee

Add 1-2 tsp of sugar

1 – 1 2/3 oz. Irish whiskey

Top with whipped cream

Hope that you enjoyed my hub.

My Favorite Irish Toast

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

© 2011 Susan Zutautas


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