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You Gotta Love the Irish
Be prepared to toast on St. Patrick's Day!
When March 17th arrives you can raise your glass and toast your Irish friends with one of these phrases.
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go
Health, and long life to you
Land without rent to you
The partner of your heart to you
and when you die, may your bones rest in Ireland!
May you get all your wishes but one,
So you always have something to strive for.
Here's to your coffin...
May it be built of 100 year old oaks
Which I will plant tomorrow.
May your neighbors respect you,
Troubles neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you
May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.
May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent.
May your fire be as warm as the weather is cold.
As you slide down the banisters of life may the splinters never point the wrong way.
May you be in heaven one half hour before the devil knows you're dead.
May you never forget what is worth remembering,
Or remember what is best forgotten.
May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
The insight to know where you are,
and the foresight to know when you've gone too far.
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 God bring good health to your enemies’ enemies
May all the days of the rest of your life
Be the very best of your life
St. Patrick's Day Facts
Beyond the Blarney
Did you know that St. Patrick's Day is the Roman Catholic feast honoring Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick? The holiday is also an international celebration of Irish history and heritage.
Patrick was neither Irish nor particularly religious, at least not initially. Patrick was born Maewyn Succat in 385 CE in the Welsh town of Banwen, and for the first sixteen years of his life he was an avowed pagan.
Maewyn, was captured by Gaelic slave traders at the age of sixteen and sold to an Irish sheep farmer. He was enslaved for six years, during which he turned to Christianity for comfort. He escaped at the age of 22, and spent the next 12 years living in a British monastery. It was there that he adopted the name Patrick.
Patrick returned to Ireland after his time in a monastery, along with 20-some followers, serving as a Christian missionary
St. Patrick is believed to have died in Ireland on March 17, 461 C.E. The anniversary of his death is now the day on which St. Patrick's Day feast is celebrated
The myth that Saint Patrick drove all snakes from Ireland into the Irish Sea is just that -- a myth. Many locals still insist that the serpents were drowned in by Saint Patrick, causing their sea to be so rough. The truth, however, is that serpents where never native to Ireland. The story is most likely a metaphor for the druidic religions, which disappeared from the Emerald Isle after St. Patrick spread the seeds of Christianity
While it is customary to wear green on St. Patrick's Day in the United States, the color green is actually considered unlucky in Ireland. Green is the color of faeries, which are believed to steal children who wear too much green.
The Shamrock, considered the official plant of Ireland, was viewed as a sacred plant in acient Ireland and symbolized rebirth.
The phrase "the wearing of the green", means to wear a shamrock on one's clothing
On St. Patrick's Day, some revelers will raise a pint of stout and wish their companions "Slainté!"—the Irish word, pronounced SLAN-cha, for "health."
The toast may brim with scientific truth. At a meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando, Florida, in 2003, researchers reported that Guinness may be as effective as daily aspirin in reducing the blood clots that cause heart attacks. (The benefit derives from antioxidants, which the researchers said reduce cholesterol deposits on arterial walls. The compounds are found in dark Irish stouts but not their paler cousins.)
By law, pubs in Ireland were closed on St. Patrick's Day, a national religious holiday, as recently as the 1970s
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 34 million United States residents claim Irish ancestry, or nearly ten times the entire population of Ireland today, which stands at 3.9 million. Among U.S. ethnic groups, the number of Irish-Americans in the U.S. is second only to the number of German-Americans.
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