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Posted: Jul 11, 2016 8:32:01 am

  • St. Patrick was not Irish by birth. He was a Romano-Briton Christian missionary born in England. His true given name was Maewyn Succat
  • St. Patrick’s Day became a national holiday in Ireland only in 1903. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in Dublin in 1931.
  • An estimated 13 million pints of Guinness stout beer was consumed during the St. Patrick's Day celebrations in 2010, according to a company spokesman.
  • St. Patrick was originally associated with the color blue. Green was only associated to the celebration during the 19th century.
  • According to legend, St. Patrick was known for banishing dangerous animals from Ireland, particularly snakes.
  • There are more Americans of Irish origin than there are Irish in Ireland. In 2008, there were 36 million Americans who claimed. Meanwhile, the population of Ireland was 4.4 only million.
  • St.Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.
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