Top o the mornin’ to ya. St Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday which is celebrated on the 17th March. St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat and sees thousands of Irish celebrate around the world.
So in memory of ‘wor’ Patrick, here are our top five ‘Irish’ things.
We love a good old jacket potato but why are the Irish linked to them? Well, in Ireland in 1845 to 1852 the Great Famine took place which was a period of mass starvation. Over one million people died during the famine and the main cause of famine was a potato disease commonly known as a potato blight. Now we are in the brighter days, Keith Lemon has put the fun back into potatoes and has asked Irish stars such as Eamonn Holmes and Louis Walsh, who have appeared on his show, Celebrity Juice, to say ‘potato’ in their Irish accent. Now we can’t say potato without a high squeaky voice.
Louis is an entertainment manager and is the longest serving judge on The X Factor but he is very biased towards Irish contestants that appear on the show, they can sing like strangled cats and Louis would still vote for them *cough* Jedward *cough*.
It’s hard to think that four years ago Niall was an Irish lad unknown to his postman never mind millions of screaming girls around the world! Niall is now part of a world dominating pop group, One Direction, and is known to millions of screaming girls… and boys around the world.
Although Guinness is known as the ultimate Irish drink, 40% of Guinness produced is actually consumed in Nigeria. Guinness is also not a vegetarian drink as it is said to contain trace amounts of fish bladder. Irish men claim that pouring a pint of Guinness is a skill. A ‘perfect pour’ should take 199.50 seconds. We would hate to see an Irish man watch a pint of Guinness being poured which takes exactly 199.49 seconds, as we hate to see a grown man cry.
Ireland’s Rugby Football Team
Ireland’s Rugby Football Union team won the six nations on Saturday, giving the people of Ireland another reason to celebrate. Ireland beat France by 2 points and brought the trophy back to Dublin where thousands of fans gathered to congratulate the team. While the fans are happy with the win, they had to say goodbye to Brian O’Driscoll, as he has retired after playing four world cups with the team.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!