Happy St. Paddy’s Day everybody. I love this day because I love green, I love fun, I really love beer and it’s also my birthday. But in case you aren’t Irish, then I have a quick crash-course, that Faith and Begorrah, will convince everybody you are.
Irish phrases you should know
Kiss my ass!
Spelled: Póg mo thóin!
Pronounced: pogue muh ho-in
Spelled: Éirinn go Brách
Pronounced: Air-in guh braack
May the cat eat you and the devil eat the cat
Spelled: Go n-ithe an cat thú is go n-ithe an diabhal an cat
Pronounced: guh nee-ha on cat hoo iss go nee-ha on jeowel on cat
Saint Patrick’s Day
Spelled: Lá ‘le Pádraig
Pronounced: laa-AY-la pawd-rik/
A pint of Guinness, please.
Spelled: Pionta Guinness, le do thoil
Pronounced: pyunta Guinness leh duh hull/
Kiss me, I’m Irish!
Spelled: Tabhair póg dom, táim Éireannach
Pronounced: TOO-irr pogue dum, toyme AY-ron-ock
Are you drunk yet?
Spelled: An bhfuil tú ar meisce fós?
Pronounced: on will too air mesh-ka fowss?/
St. Patrick’s Day blessing upon you
Spelled: Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!
Pronounced: ban-ock-tee na fay-lah paw-rig ur-iv/
Common Traditions on St. Paddy’s Day
The wearing of the green. On St. Paddy’s Day you better wear something green if you want to avoid being pinched. In Ireland people wear a small bunch of Shamrocks on their right breast to signify their Irishness. The Shamrocks are blessed at Church ceremonies and known as Blessing of the Shamrock. If you don’t have access to blessed shamrocks, a green hat will do.
Green Beer and Shamrock Shakes. If you were to spend St. Paddy’s Day in Ireland you’d be hardput to find a mug of green beer or a Shamrock Shake. This is a rookie mistake and started as a tradition in America. However, if you can eat 10 pickled eggs, you could be mistaken for a real Irisher.
Parades and Festivals. The very first St Patrick’s Day parade occurred in New York City in 1766. And though there were many parades to follow all over the world, it wasn’t until 1995 that the Irish government decided to start holding a parade in Dublin—it’s known as St Patrick’s festival and takes place over 5 days with events including art shows, plays, concerts, fun fairs and the main parade.
Have you worked up an appetite yet?
No St. Patrick’s Day would be complete without partaking in some scrumptious corned beef and cabbage. And though traditionally, Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage is a boiled dish, I prefer mine slow roasted.
Try this simple recipe and tell me I’m wrong. And don’t forget to save me some.
1 (5 1/2 pound) corned beef brisket with spice packet
2 whole head of green cabbage, each quartered
7 large red potatoes, peeled and diced
8 carrots, peeled and diced
2 medium onion, quartered
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place the brisket in the center of a roasting pan. Arrange the cabbage, potatoes, carrots and onions around the sides. Empty the seasoning packet over the roast, and pour enough water into the pan to about ½ inch high. Cover with a lid or heavy aluminum foil. Roast for 5 to 6 hours in the preheated oven, until the roast is fork tender.
Have a great day and may the green be with you.