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10 St Patrick’s Day Fun Facts

St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. We celebrate St Patrick’s Day on March 17th because that is the day Saint Patrick died. It is one of the biggest festivals that takes place on the island of Island to celebrate Irish heritage and culture. Because of Ireland’s strong connections across the globe, St Patrick’s Day is also celebrated throughout the world.

Below are 10 St Patrick’s Day fun facts. How many do you know?

1. Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo is named in honour of Ireland’s patron saint. It was on this mountain that St Patrick spent the 40 days of Lent fasting. The climb is now a tradition that is handed down through generations.

2. Downpatrick is known for being St Patrick’s final resting place. His body lies under the Memorial Stone in the grounds of the glorious Down Cathedral.
 
3. According to legend, St Patrick banished Satan from a nearby mountain cave. In a fury, Satan took a bite from the mountain and spat it out creating the Rock of Cashel, also known as 'St. Patrick's Rock’.

St Patrick's Day Fun Facts - Croagh Patrick Mountain, Rock of Cashel and Down Cathedral

4. Did you know that Boston, Massachusetts was the first place in the world to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in 1737?

5. Green is the colour synonymous with March 17th but did you know that the colour most commonly associated with St Patrick was actually blue?

6. Did you know iconic buildings all over the world will go green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

St Patrick's Day Fun Facts - global greening

7. Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Dhuit means Happy St Patrick’s Day to you in Irish! (Pronounced: Law Fay-la Paw-rick sun-uh dit.)

8. Sláinte! Which means a toast to your good health in Irish (Pronounded: slahn-cha.)

9. Contrary to popular legend, St Patrick didn’t banish snakes from Ireland – snakes never existed in the first place!

10. The story of St Patrick has fascinated the world for centuries, and you can still see his legacy clearly all around the island of Ireland. St Patrick’s Trail travels all over Ireland from the Rock of Cashel to Croagh Patrick to Armagh and Down!

St Patrick's Day is a wonderful time to visit Ireland as there are parades, street entertainment, live music and much more in every city, town and village througout Ireland. Bed and Breakfast homes make the ideal base for your visit. B&B hosts will be able to advise you on how to get the most out of your St Patrick's Day trip. People from all over the world visit Ireland at this time, so be sure to book your accommodation in advance of travelling.
 

  Facts and Greening Imagery: Tourism Ireland

Posted: 04 Mar 2022 by Claire Regan | with 0 comments

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