The Complete History of St. Patrick's Day Part IV

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Be prepared to toast on St. Patrick's Day!

For all those who were wondering what to say on March 17th, when they raise their glasses, here are a few phrases to remember:

May God bring good health to your enemies enemies


May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent.


May you be in heaven one half hour before the devil knows you're dead.


As you slide down the banisters of life may the splinters never point the wrong way.


There are many good reasons for drinking,
One has just entered my head,
If a man doesn't drink when he's living,
How the hell can he drink when he's dead?


May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.


May you get all your wishes but one,
So you always have something to strive for.


Here's to you,
here's to me,
the best of friends we'll always be.
But if we ever disagree,
forget you here's to ME!!


Here's to your coffin...
May it be built of 100 year old oaks which I will plant tomorrow.


Here's to you as good as you are,
Here's to me as bad as I am,
As good as you are,
And as bad as I am,
I'm as good as you are,
As bad as I am.


May the sons of your daughters smile up in your face.


Health, and long life to you
Land without rent to you
The partner of your heart to you
and when you die, may your bones rest in Ireland!


May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.


May your neighbors respect you,
Troubles neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you.


An old Irish recipe for longevity:
Leave the table hungry.
Leave the bed sleepy.
Leave the bar thirsty.


I've drunk to your health in the pubs ,
I've drunk to your health in my home ,
I've drunk to your health so many times ,
That I've almost ruined my own.


May you never forget what is worth remembering,
Or remember what is best forgotten.


May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
The insight to know where you are,
and the foresight to know when you've gone too far.


May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door.


May you never make an enemy
When you could make a friend
Unless you meet a fox among your chickens.


May your fire be as warm as the weather is cold.

The Leprechaun

The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is "lobaircin," meaning "small-bodied fellow."

Belief in leprechauns probably stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil. In Celtic folktales, leprechauns were cranky souls, responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies. Though only minor figures in Celtic folklore, leprechauns were known for their trickery, which they often used to protect their much-fabled treasure.

Leprechauns had nothing to do with St. Patrick or the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a Catholic holy day. In 1959, Walt Disney released a film called Darby O'Gill & the Little People, which introduced America to a very different sort of leprechaun than the cantankerous little man of Irish folklore. This cheerful, friendly leprechaun is a purely American invention, but has quickly evolved into an easily recognizable symbol of both St. Patrick's Day and Ireland in general.

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Comment by Judy "the foodie" Asman on March 17, 2008 at 9:18am
Thanks, Matt.
Great posts!
Comment by pubmaster on March 16, 2008 at 3:12pm
Leprechans steal socks from the dryer, and are responsible for walk-ins going down on three day weekends.
Comment by Chef Jay Cherry on March 16, 2008 at 1:48pm
wow thats realy cool i ad no idea

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