St. Patrick's Day

Irish Culture: What is Irish? What isn’t?

Ireland is a beautiful country with a rich heritage. When a holiday like Saint Patrick’s Day comes around, we’re quick to have an excuse to celebrate. However, there a lot of misconceptions surrounding the holiday about what is and isn’t Irish culture. All of us at St. Albert Honda are happy to share more facts on Irish history. Read on to learn more about what has Irish roots and what’s more folklore than fact.


Saint Patrick. Did you know? Saint Patrick was actually from Wales! However, he was the man that converted Ireland to Christianity, away from paganism. Saint Patrick’s Day is a designated feast day occurring on the traditional anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death.

Music. Music is deeply important to Irish culture and celebrating Irish history. Not to mention, plenty of talented musicians have Irish roots! If you’re looking to listen to some Irish musicians while you celebrate, check out Luke Kelly, The Dubliners, The Pogues, or U2.

Sports. One of the oldest sports in the world is Hurling and also originated on the Emerald Isle. Hurling is the national game in Ireland and played throughout the world. If you’re unfamiliar, the point of the game is to score points with a small ball (called a sliotar), using a wooden stick called a hurley. Gaelic football is also a hugely popular sport in Ireland.


Not Irish

Lucky Charms. We know the cereal is magically delicious, but as you might have guessed, it has nothing to do with Irish culture. A traditional Irish breakfast looks a little more like this.

Female Leprechauns. Did you know that there is no record of any lady leprechauns? Halloween costumes may tell you otherwise, but supposedly in folklore, leprechauns were solely men.

Green Beer. Nope, not Irish either! As much fun as it might be to drink beer that’s dyed green – it’s definitely not something you’d find in Ireland.

“St. Patty’s Day.” In Ireland, Patty isn’t a nickname for Patrick – it’s a nickname of Patricia. The correct Irish spelling of Patrick is “Pádraig.” As such, “Paddy” would be a more appropriate derivative!





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