Thursday, March 17, 2005

It's Saint Patrick's Day

Many legends have grown up about the man - so many that you'd think there were at least two different St. Patricks. Mind you, that would be handy - we could have one for the Protestant community, and one for the Catholics. A bit like the two St Patrick's Day celebrations we had in Belfast a few years ago, in fact. Maybe next year we'll be able to have a single celebration that both communities can feel able to participate in. Do you think?

One of the oddest legends is that he's supposed to have driven all the snakes out of Ireland, so this is probably as good a time as any for Steve's Joke. He claimed to have only one, and he had it on his screensaver so he wouldn't forget:

What did St Patrick say as he was driving the snakes out of Ireland?

Are youse all right in the back there?

None of that has very much to do with what St Patrick really did and said, of course. I still wonder what he would make of the celebrations in his name? David McMillan was asking the same question a while ago...


Flaming Firegeni said...

Oooh my! Driving the snakes out of Ireland? Awesome! Now that I declare is a true indication of a noble character.

St Patrick is *definitely* a man after my own heart. Yaaaaay for St Patrick! Quick gimme a shamrock or something so I can declare my respect for such heroism.

Erm...I was just wondering...
Are there any more of his ilk that I could import to a certain island in the Indian Ocean...?

Any man (or woman) who can drive snakes out of the immediate environment earns my undying gratitude and eternal respect

Ruthie said...

I got to spend St Paddy's day in New York City this year :D (Aren't I lucky?!)

Anyway, there was a whole big who-ha because they told the NY fire department that they couldn't wear green hats to the parade.

So surreal :S

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