Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Merwyn Succat, Crack and Soda Bread

St. Patrick was not Irish. He was said to have been born in either England or Scotland and his real name was Maewyn Succat.

The soda in soda bread is baking soda (buzz kill.)

Craic (pronounced CRACK) ... is a common word used in Ireland.. sort of means "fun" or "good times" (loose translation) ...can't really explain it... you just have to hear it in context and eventually understand what it means and how to use it in a sentence. Just know that when someone asks you if there's "any crack" or "what's the crack" they're not asking for drugs.
Barack Obama's great great grandfather was from Co. Offaly in Ireland.

The very first St. Patrick's Day parade in America was hosted by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston in 1737.

There are more redheads in Scotland than Ireland. Approximately 10 percent of Irish people have red hair.

If you donate 1 pint of blood to the Irish Blood Bank in Dublin, you get 1 pint of beer (Guinness is recommended as it contains a lot of iron)

The original Guinness Brewery in Dublin has a 9,000 year lease on it's property, at a perpetual rate of 45 Irish pounds per year!
One of the most popular radio shows in rural Ireland is still the weekly broadcast of local obituaries.
The tallest identical twins ever born were the Knipe Brothers from Co. Derry who were 7ft 2in. They were born in 1761.

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