The Origin of St. Patrick's Day and some other fun facts

Real Estate Agent with Christine E O'Shea Broker

I am not Irish, my last name is from my ex-husband and I kept it because...well I like it and it is the name of my kids.

Actually, I am English and German!  

Also, I suffer from "St. Patrick's PTSD"!  That is correct, 25 years post divorce and some memories and images I will not mention still come to mind.  I have not celebrated St. Patrick's day for years and the sound of Irish melodies stir up memories I would rather forget.

That being said, I do not like corn beer and cabbage or potatoes, however, Bailey's Irish Cream and Irish Cofee are good.

Here are some facts I read today about St, Patrick's Day I thought I would share:

  • St. Patrick's Day is the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland, "St. Patrick".  St. Patrick was a Christian missionary that converted the pagan Irish to Christianity.  It is said he drove the snakes from Ireland, however, biologist say that there were no snakes in Ireland!
  • In Ireland St. Patrick's day is a national holiday and traditionally they go to church in the morning an pray for missionaries,  Later in the day are the festivities of drinking, dancing and music.
  • The traditional Irish meal is lamb and bacon for the holiday, in America it is corned beef and cabbage. (give me a Ruben sandwich any day)
  • The shamrock was used to explain the holy trinity to the Irish pagans and the shamrock is also the national flower/emblem of Ireland.  (I do like shamrocks)
  • The color green is a nod to Ireland's nickname of "Emerald Isle"
  • Wearing green on St. Patrick's Day is suppose to prevent you grom getting pinched by a leprechaun.

I read an interesting article shared on Facebook today from Huffington Post that now families and schools are celebrating St. Patrick's day by hiding gold coins and making Leprechaun traps.  (I suppose the traditional drinking and parades are not enough)

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Comments (11)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Christine and Happy St. Patty day to you and your Irish Husband.  Thanks for sharing this information with us.  Do you know where Green Beer came from?


Mar 17, 2019 10:24 AM
Christine O'Shea

Hi Will, no idea, can you enlighten me?  I often wondered about it!

Mar 17, 2019 10:29 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Christine OShea thanks for the history on St. Patrick's Day!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you too.

Mar 17, 2019 10:25 AM
Christine O'Shea

Thanks John!

Mar 17, 2019 10:30 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Christine OShea  You could have fooled me. May the Luck of the Irish Follow you on this Happy St.Patrick's Day 

Mar 17, 2019 11:06 AM
Christine O'Shea

Hi Hannah Williams Thanks!  Happy (a little late in the day) St. Patricks Day!

Mar 17, 2019 04:58 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this interesting information.

Mar 17, 2019 11:33 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Mar 17, 2019 11:33 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Christine,  Thanks for sharing the fun facts about St. Patrick's Day.  I hope you enjoyed your day.  I felt lucky as I didn't encounter any leperchauns, having not worn green today.

Mar 17, 2019 07:07 PM
Leif Price
Chirpy Home - Portland, OR
Blogger at Chirpy Home

Thanks for the information. Good to know more facts about St. Patrick's Day.

Mar 17, 2019 07:16 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Christine, I still have not got the answer about where green beer came from.


Mar 18, 2019 02:19 PM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Will Hamm Did you "google" it?

Where did Green Beer Originate?

Mar 18, 2019 05:58 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Christine, happy belated St Paddy's Day hope you had fun, many years ago I wrote a blog post similar to yours always fun to reminisce about the history of a Holiday:)Endre

Mar 18, 2019 11:50 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Christine OShea - Growing up in Chicago, celebrating St. Patrick's Day was a big deal. And in Catholic school, I was given a green corsage because the nuns said it was my name's day. We do have many memories of holidays, school days, and events in our lives that shaped us into who we are. Some good! Some not so good. I'm sorry to hear those hard times caused many obstacles and hurdles. In any event, you came out on top and I would like to say, "Top of the Morning" to You Dear Friends. May the luck of the Irish be always with you!

Mar 19, 2019 09:21 AM