Irish for a Day – St Patrick’s Day!
How Irish are You?
In celebration of St Patrick’s Day,
we can All be Irish for a Day!
Any reason is reason enough for a special celebration and helping the Irish celebrate St Patrick’s Day is a fun one: wearing of the green, wishing the ‘luck o’ the Irish’ with shamrocks and gold coins, eating great food and drinking green drinks! It has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and lots of green!
Who IS Saint Patrick? and What is this Day all about?
We can enjoy celebrating St Patrick’s Day just for the fun of it – without knowing what – or who – the celebration is all about but I like to have a little background.
St Patrick is the most commonly recognized patron saint and national apostle of Ireland (c. AD 385-461). He is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland.
Why March 17? It is the date of Saint Patrick’s death, so the ‘Feast of Saint Patrick’ or the “day of the Festival of Patrick” is celebrated every year on March 17 to honor him.
Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century.
Great FOOD and Green DRINKS!
The ‘Feast of Saint Patrick’ has it’s share of great food along with the revelry, festivities and a lot of green.
The classic St Patrick’s Day meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage is more American than Irish. It seems Irish Americans in the 19th century created a simple, hearty one-pot dish using spiced salty ‘corned beef’ to flavor plain cabbage as a tasty and cheaper alternative to cured pork and potatoes.
Today, other delicious Irish foods such as as Haddock soup, braised beef, and Shepherd’s pie are found on menus along with Corned Beef and Cabbage.
I am excited to finally find a recipe for making my own ‘corned’ beef. I will have to wait until next year as it takes at least 17 days to ‘cure’ the beef. I like lots of potatoes and carrots with the cabbage and beef…more veggies, less meat.
Complete the meal with a dark rye bread (I am not fond of the classic Irish Soda Bread) and a beer - it doesn’t have to be green - any dark stout will do!
Top off your meal with an Irish Whiskey or Baileys and cream.
St Patrick’s Day – What a deliciously fun day to celebrate!
May the Irish hills caress you;
may her lakes and rivers bless you;
may the luck of the Irish enfold you;
may the blessings of Saint Patrick, behold you.
Go muirní cnoic na hÉireann thú.
Go mbeannaí a lochanna agus a haibhneacha thú.
Go dtimpeallaí an ádh Eireannach thú.
Go bhféacha tú beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Phádraig.