St Patrick's Day - Fun Facts

Who was St. Patrick?

Saint Patrick was born in Britain to a Christian family of Roman citizenship in the late 4th century. He was taken prisoner at the age of 16 by a group of Irish raiders who attacked his family's estate and was transported to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity before escaping back to Britain. Believing he had been called by God to Christianize Ireland, he joined the Catholic Church and studied for 15 years before being consecrated as the church's second missionary to Ireland. Patrick began his mission to Ireland in 432, and by his death in 461 the island was almost entirely Christian. He was one of the most successful Christian missionaries in history.

The World's First St. Patrick's Day parade

The first St. Patrick's Day parade was organised in New York in the 1762 by Irish soldiers serving in the British army.

Early Irish settlers to the American colonies, many of whom were indentured servants, brought the Irish tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s feast day to America. The first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade was held not in Ireland but in New York City in 1762, and with the dramatic increase of Irish immigrants to the United States in the mid-19th century, the March 17th celebration became widespread. Today, across the United States, millions of Americans of Irish ancestry celebrate their cultural identity and history by enjoying St. Patrick’s Day parades and engaging in general revelry. * Read more about St Patrick at

Should we be wearing blue?

Interestingly, the color green only became associated with the big day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century. Before that the color blue was associated with St. Patrick's Day.

Why Shamrocks?

How did the shamrock become associated with Saint Patrick? According to Irish legend, the saint used the three-leafed plant as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.

You can read St Patrick's own words in some of his manuscripts
which have survived to today. is a state funded web site curating a collection of St. Patrick's own writings.

Visit for more information.

The World's Largest Shamrock

The world's largest permanent shamrock fills a street intersection in O'Neill — a town named for an Irish immigrant, settled by Irish immigrants and
the Legislature-proclaimed Irish Capital of Nebraska.

Did you know Guinness will be enjoyed in 150 countries on St.
Patrick's day? Slainte!

Guinness tastes so smooth thanks to the 300,000,000 bubbles
in every pint.

"Guinness has been enjoyed at every St.
Patrick’s Day since Arthur Guinness set
up his brewery in 1759."

Enjoy a pint of red this St. Patrick’s Day… Yes that’s right, Guinness, known as ‘the black stuff’, is actually ruby red in colour.
Hold it up to the light to see for yourself.