Thursday, March 17, 2005

Beannachtam na Femle Padraig!

That's "Happy St. Patrick's Day" in Gaelic!

Go check out the
History Channel's page on St. Patrick's Day. There's lots of cool links there, including a history of St. Patrick, a history of the holiday itself, a couple Irish quizzes, travel destinations in Ireland (the first one was on the Aran Islands... ah, sigh...), and info on important Irish literary figures. I didn't do as well on the quizzes as I would've hoped, but oh well. They were fun.

And this was my favorite "Irish saying" sign posted in Llywelyn's from last weekend: "There will be no drinking of the wine until it's time. ...IT'S TIME!"




Blogger Dirty Gypsy said...

Man, I suck at this. I only got two of the "All Things Irish Quiz" questions right. I knew the John Wayne movie that was filmed there in 1952, and I knew which state Ireland is roughly half the size of. I didn't even bother attempting the other quiz. D'oh!!

AND, I totally forgot today was St. Patrick's Day, so I'm not even wearing green. (In my defense, though, I don't think I even own anything green.) And my mother's side of the family is of Scottish-Irish heritage. Oops. On the plus side, I just had an instructor tell me that I look fantastic in red, so that was nice. :)

And one more thing. Here's a "Irish" joke:

Three Irishmen, Paddy, Sean and Seamus, were stumbling home from the pub late one night and found themselves on the road which led past the old graveyard..

"Come have a look over here," says Paddy, "It's Michael O'Grady's grave, God bless his soul. He lived to the ripe old age of 87."

"That's nothing," says Sean, "here's one named Patrick O'Toole, it says here that he was 95 when he died."!

Just then, Seamus yells out, "Good God, here's a fella that got to be 145!" "What was his name?" asks Paddy.

Seamus stumbles around a bit, awkwardly lights a match to see what else is written on the stone marker, and exclaims, "Miles, from Dublin."

I thought it was cute.

3/17/2005 9:38 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Ha!!! That's great! Anyone else know any good Irish jokes?? :)

I only got half of the "all things Irish" quiz, and only four on the Irish history quiz. Sheesh. Oh well. At least I learned something. :)

3/17/2005 9:59 AM  
Anonymous craigjw said...

The World Beer Conference just ended and the CEOs of the biggest breweries decide to go out for a drink together. They belly up to the bar and the bartender says, "What'll it be, gentlemen?"

The Corona CEO proudly says, "I'm gonna take the tastiest beer in the world: a Corona."

The Budweiser guy says, "I'll have the king of beers, a Budweiser."

The Heineken guy says, "Give me a Heineken, or nothing!"

The Guinness guy shrugs and says, "I'll have a Diet Coke."

The other three men turn to him questioningly. "You're not going to order a Guinness? Why not?"

He just says, "Well, if you three don't want to drink beer, I won't either."

3/17/2005 12:36 PM  
Blogger Tracie said...

Yay, I got half of the questions right on All things Irish too! :) Wonder if we got the same ones right...

3/17/2005 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You MUST check out the BBC series entitled 'The History of Britain.' It is hosted by Simon Schama, a really well respected historian and so far has been really wonderful. They talk about the celtic people's and go into some detail about the wars between Wales, Scotland, and Ireland against England. It's really pretty good. If you are a part of Netflix, they have it...otherwise, I am sure the St. Louis County library has it in some form or another. But it is fascinating and debunks a lot of myths. There are also shots of lots of places you have the Aran Islands fort and Tower of London and Westminster Abbey, etc. I learned an interesting fact about St. Patrick on the series...he is not even Irish. He was kidnapped and taken to Ireland where he was sold into slavery. He later escaped and then returned to Ireland after he became ordained...or convert them thar evil Celts into bein' good Christian folk. Crazy.

-Ryan C.

3/17/2005 5:07 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

That sounds really interesting... maybe I can rent it somewhere? If not I will maybe go to Amazon. And I have heard that Patrick was not Irish... in fact Welsh people and Irish people apparently fight over the fact that St. Patrick may actually have been Welsh. Maybe I should've included that under my interesting "Welsh tidbits" from a few posts ago... :)

3/18/2005 8:18 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Craig, that joke was friggin awesome.. I wanna tell that to someone. :)

3/18/2005 9:18 AM  

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