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St. Patrick's Day: True or False?

Holle is a retired English and creative writing teacher who writes on a variety of topics.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

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St. Patrick’s Day Fact or Fiction

People all over the world enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day every March 17th. For many Americans, it’s a day of drinking, dancing, feasting, and general revelry. Many of us attend parades, parties, or both! We all want to be Irish on this one day of the year.

Chances are you’ve heard lots of myths surrounding St. Patrick, leprechauns, the Irish, and St. Patrick’s special day. Time to separate the truth from the blarney! Ready for a game of twenty questions? See how many of the following questions you can answer correctly:

  1. Everyone knows that St. Patrick was from Ireland, right?
  2. St. Patrick used a shamrock, the three-leaf clover, to illustrate the Trinity.
  3. Patrick was forced to go to Ireland as a slave when he was sixteen years old.
  4. St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland.
  5. St. Patrick was the first person to bring Christianity to Ireland.
  6. Leprechauns are charming, jolly, mischievous elves.
  7. In addition to making shoes, leprechauns are also blacksmiths.
  8. Leprechauns stole their treasure from the king.
  9. All leprechauns are male.
  10. Corn beef and cabbage is the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal.
  11. The Irish have always considered wearing green to be lucky.
  12. Patrick was officially canonized by the Catholic Church.
  13. The majority of Irish Americans are not Catholic.
  14. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade tradition started in Ireland.
  15. Before his death, Patrick appointed no one to be his successor.
  16. Patrick actually died on March 17th.
  17. The world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in New York City.
  18. The dye used to turn U.S. rivers green on St. Patrick’s Day lasts for months.
  19. If you order an imperial pint of Guinness, you’ll get 16 fluid ounces.
  20. “Erin go bragh” means “Ireland forever!”

True or False Answers

Here are the answers to the true/false questions. If you got most of the answers right, go enjoy a pint o’ Guinness to celebrate! If you got most of the answers wrong, pour yourself a pint to drown your sorrows. Either way, have a happy St. Paddy’s Day, and Erin go bragh!

  1. Nope! St. Patrick was born in Scotland, even though he’s considered the patron saint of Erin.
  2. Nowhere is this documented or even hinted at. Of course, it could be true.
  3. True. He was kidnapped by Irish pirates.
  4. Nope. There never were any snakes in Ireland for him to drive out! This was most likely a metaphor to represent Patrick driving the pagans out.
  5. Not true! There were already Christians in Ireland when St. Patrick arrived there.
  6. No! The leprechauns from Irish mythology are mean and nasty!
  7. False. Leprechauns are cobblers and bankers.
  8. False. It was left behind by the Danes.
  9. True. Irish mythology never mentions female leprechauns.
  10. False. The original St. Paddy’s Day meal was boiled bacon and potatoes. When the Irish immigrated to the U.S. during the potato famine, they discovered they could buy a poor-quality cut of beef for a cheap price. To tenderize it, it had to be brined. It was then boiled with cabbage.
  11. Not true. In fact, it was believed that those who wore too much green would be kidnapped by leprechauns.
  12. Actually, Patrick was never canonized. When the Church composed its first list of saints, Patrick’s name was already on the list, though he had never officially been sainted.
  13. That’s true, believe it or not! The majority identify themselves as protestant.
  14. False. It began in the U.S.
  15. True. He failed to appoint anyone to carry on his work.
  16. True! The date is correct, but the year is debatable.
  17. True!
  18. False. Within a few hours, the dye disappears.
  19. False. You’ll get 20 fluid ounces.
  20. True, when roughly translated.

© 2010 Holle Abee


Rachel McVearry from DC Metro on March 17, 2012:

I'd better tell my Irish family that immigrated straight from Ireland that they need to start eating bacon and boiled potatoes instead! They'll get a kick out of that... I think they just like vinegar potatoes too much...

Marla J Neogra from Parkersburg, West Virginia on February 03, 2012:

Fun hub.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 30, 2011:

St. Patrick ran them out!! lol

Perpeptua on March 17, 2011:

This is probably an overcomplicated questions but why were there never any snakes in Ireland?

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Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 16, 2011:

Thanks, Elf! I love St. Patrick's Day!

elf_cash on March 16, 2011:

Interesting tidbits about St. Patrick's Day!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on August 11, 2010:

Me, too, Sal!

sal on August 11, 2010:

i love leprechauns

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 10, 2010:

Funny, Audrey! I used to think "Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly" was about me!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 10, 2010:

Never officially, Maita. Good to see ya!

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on February 09, 2010:

Great info - and since my middle boy's name is Patrick, he always thought when he was growing up that that day was JUST FOR HIM - it was too hilarious! But I reminded him he wasn't a saint...not really! Great info and love those scots! I'm a sucker for a guy in a kilt.

prettydarkhorse from US on February 09, 2010:

he was never canonized, that is interesting habee, thanks, Maita

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 09, 2010:

Funny, Mtsi. Some probably are!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 09, 2010:

Awww, thanks, Veronica!

mtsi1098 on February 08, 2010:

Great stuff and I thought the green rivers was pollution :) I can say that I am Irish for one day...

Veronica Allen from Georgia on February 08, 2010:

Love the trivia habee. You have definetly been my "go to gal" for St.Patrick's Day trivia. I'm always fascinated with the background of celebrations, where they orginated from and such. Thanks for another informative and fun read.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 07, 2010:

Hi, Ann! Were you rootin' for the Saints? I was, and I am a happy camper right now!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 07, 2010:

Hi, Delaney! I'm psyched! The Saints WON!!!!!!

Ann Nonymous from Virginia on February 07, 2010:

Fun interactive hub!!! You must have a bit of the Irish luck in you today, habee! But I'm okay with that...while everyone is stuck on Super Bowl Sunday (including me) we all can come to you for our next holiday!!! LOL

Delaney Boling on February 07, 2010:

You're on an Irish kick today! I actually did pretty good on this fun quiz because I just read you last hub on St. Patrick. Erin go Bragh Habee!

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