Originally created 03/16/05

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St. Patrick's Day Facts

On Thursday we celebrate St. Patrick's Day, so why not amaze and astound your friends with your command of knowledge of all things Irish? OK, how about a few things Irish? For example :

  • Guinness' fermenting vessel ferments 2,304,000 pints at one brewing.
  • According to Irish custom, cold and wet weather was welcomed on Good Friday. It was interpreted as a sign of nature in mourning for the death of Christ.
  • The jawbone of St. Patrick was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits and as a preservative against the evil eye.
  • In 1999, the world's smallest St. Patrick's Day parade was held in Dripsey, County Cork. It was just 25 yards long and went from one pub to another.
  • The only town in the world to be named St. Patrick is in Missouri.
  • There are thirteen Dublins in the United States.
  • The only green Irish people wear is a sprig of shamrock in the lapel of their coats.
  • According to the 12th century prophecies of St. Malachy, Ireland will be at peace when the shamrock meets the palm ñ in other words, when St. Patrick's Day falls on Palm Sunday.
  • One traditional Irish cure for a hangover was to be buried up to the neck in moist river sand.
  • The Republic of Ireland has more than 10,000 pubs.
  • Source: www.irishcultureandcustoms.com

    Holiday Talk

    Phrase: St Patrick's Day

    Irish: L· FhÈile P·draig or L· ële P·draig

    Pronunciation: law ay-leh paw-rig or law leh paw-rig

    Note: The first is used in writing, the second in conversation.

    Toast: Health & Wealth

    Irish: Sl·inte is t·inte

    Pronunciation: slaw-in-tcheh iss thaw-in-tcheh

    Phrase: Corned Beef and Cabbage

    Irish: m·irtfheoil shailte

    Pronunciation: maw-irtch-oh-il hahl-tcheh

    Phrase: Are you going to the parade?

    Irish: A' mbeidh t× ag an bp·raid?

    Pronunciation: ah my thoo egg on bah-raw-idh?

    Back in time

    Today in regional history:

    March 16, 1983

    Richmond County teachers whose contracts will not be renewed next school year will be rehired in order of seniority to fill vacancies created by routine retirements and resignations, according to a working agreement between the Richmond County Association of Educators and school officials.

    The Board of Education recently voted not to renew contracts for 140 teachers with less than two years experience, but school officials hope that number can be reduced by attrition, routine retirements and resignations.

    The agreement, between the RCAE and school board attorney Leonard "Pete" Fletcher, will be presented to the school board.

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