December 17, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day and Irish Proverbs Towards the Path To Wisdom

Well it’s that time of year again!  Time to break out the green and celebrate that great Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day.  This is the holiday that has us get very philosophical as we eat our corned beef and cabbage washed down with a pint (or 2 or 3 or . . .) of Guinness.

So before we jump in with both feet, I thought I’d share some interesting St. Patrick’s Day facts and end with Irish Proverbs that will help enlighten us all and lead along that ever winding path to wisdom!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! by *~Dawn~* Busy Bee ~ on Flickr

Happy St. Patrick's Day! by *~Dawn~* Busy Bee ~ on Flickr

  • St. Patrick’s day is a religious holiday honoring the patron Saint of Ireland.
  • Originally this day was a Catholic holiday and later became an official “feast day” during the early 17th century and now it is a celebration of Irish Culture (aka Guinness, Whiskey, Irish Car Bombs etc).
  • Original color connected to St. Patrick’s Day was blue.
  • It is believed that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans.
  • First ever St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in Boston on March 18, 1737.
  • The St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City is the largest in the US and one of the largest in the world.

Now as you put back your beverage of choice to celebrate this auspicious holiday ponder some of these wise Irish proverbs:

May your glass be ever full,
May the roof over your head be always strong,
And may you be in heaven
Half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

What butter and whiskey will not cure there’s no cure for.

When flowers bloom, I hope you’ll not sneeze, and may you always have someone to squeeze.

When we get drunk, we fall asleep.  When we commit no sin, we got to heaven.  So, let’s all get drunk and go to heaven!

As you ramble through life, whatever be your goal; Keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole.

Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord, and it makes you miss him.

But the greatest love — the love above all loves,
Even greater than that of a mother…
Is the tender, passionate, undying love,
Of one beer drunken slob for another.

In heaven there is no beer…That’s why we drink ours here.

Dance as if no one’s watching, sing as if no one’s listening, and live everyday as if it were your last.


Luck of Irish by Nick.Fisher, on Flickr

Luck of Irish by Nick.Fisher, on Flickr

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

What is your favorite proverb or adage?  Share it with us all. . .

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  1. You’ve got to love the wisdom of the Irish!
    Caz Makepeace recently posted..Ive got Nothing to Prove

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Oh yes the Irish do have a unique outlook! I plan on saluting their proverbs tonight when we go hoist a beer to St. Patrick’s Day.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Lovely proverbs there, especially the one about having someone to “squeeze”, haha.

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Sofia, I had a good laugh doing the research for the proverbs! Unique views of life to say the least.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Laurel says:

    Love the Irish proverbs. I love celebrating St. Patricks Day. There’s something about drinking green beer and going around pinching people that aren’t wearing green that is just so much fun!
    Laurel recently posted..Wild Adventures in Banff National Park- Canada

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I loved the proverbs too. Also have to agree with any holiday that gives you a good excuse to drink great beer!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Lol… the Irish really know how to word their proverbs!
    “As you ramble through life, whatever be your goal; Keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole” <– my favorite!
    jill – Jack and Jill Travel recently posted..Backpacking Denali – 7 Memorable Mistakes We Made

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Yes, Irish Proverbs are very unique to say the least! I liked the doughnut hole proverb too.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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