Share Your World for March 16, 2020

So, it looks like Melanie decided to ask a bunch of questions about St. Patrick in lieu of the usual probing questions we get every week. Let’s see how we do…

  1. Saint Patrick’s actual color was not green. Was it red, orange or blue? I believe it was red.

  2. Was Saint Patrick born in Ireland, Britain or France? Britain

  3. How old was Saint Patrick when he was taken as a slave? 10, 13, or 16? 16

  4. Why is Saint Patrick’s Day celebrated on the 17th? Was it the day he was born, the day he died, or the day he got the title “Saint”? The day he died

  5. Is Saint Patrick’s Day always, usually or never held on the same date? At least in Ireland, always.

  6. What did Saint Patrick use to symbolize something for Christianity? Was it a stick, a shamrock, or a bird? A shamrock, to represent the Trinity. Incidentally, a shamrock has three leaves, not four. Four leaves is a clover.

  7. What city turns a river green every year to celebrate? Is it Detroit, Chicago, or Green Bay, U.S.A.? Why, Chicago, of course. It started under Mayor Richard J. Daley, who was mayor from 1956 to 1976. I read where they won’t do it this year, thanks to Covid-19.

  8. Which year was the first St. Patrick’s Day parade (in America) held? 1869, in Pittsburgh.

  9. Which US president was of Irish descent and forgot it was Saint Patrick’s Day? John F. Kennedy.

  10. Is corned beef and cabbage a traditional Saint Patrick’s Day dish? Yes

  11. True or False: The shamrock is the national flower of Ireland. It’s the national plant. The national flower is the hummingbird fuchsia.

  12. Where was Saint Patrick buried after he died? Britain, Ireland, or France? Downpatrick, in Co. Down, Ireland.

  13. Two of the three colors on the Irish flag are green and white. What is the third one? Orange. Green represents the Catholics, orange represents the Protestants, and white represents the peace between them.

  14. True or False: Saint Patrick was not actually a Saint. True. He was never formally canonized, but he’s accepted as a saint.

  15. What do leprechauns use their sticks, called “shillelagh” for? Accessing their rainbow, turning invisible, or making their magic pot of gold appear? Accessing their rainbow.

  16. Which is not true? Lent restrictions are dropped on Saint Patrick’s Day; Irish soap was invented in Ireland; Saint Patrick’s real name was Maewyn Succat. Patrick’s family name was Succat, so that’s probably true. Depending on the local bishop, Lent restrictions might be dropped, so I’ll say that’s true. I’ll say the thing about Irish soap.

  17. What’s the traditional occupation of a leprechaun? Cobbler (shoemaker).

That’s it for me. By the way, my procedure has been rescheduled for June, thanks to Covid-19. See you in the funny papers!

16 thoughts on “Share Your World for March 16, 2020

  1. regarding #10, my wife, who you know, was born and raised in Ireland says that the traditional irish St. Patrick’s day meal was boiled ham and cabbage. Corned beef was substituted in this country because it was readily available and much cheaper for the Irish immigrants who were not exactly flush with money.


  2. Thanks for Sharing Your World and your amazing knowledge of St. Patrick trivia, John! Will you be okay, now that they’ve postponed your procedure? My corned beef, carrots and potatoes (hey I got the white and the orange in there anyway!) are bubbling away and should be ready around dinner time. Thanks again for playing along! 🙂


    1. I was supposed to go for a colonoscopy, which I should have done when I was 50. I’m 14 years late as it is, so a couple more months won’t make much of a difference. I’d be more than willing to remain blissfully ignorant of what was going on in my lower intestine, but doctors and insurance companies can be really insistent…


  3. Fun questions and answers. I didn’t know you were such an expert regarding St. Patrick and I’m impressed. Will you be eating corned beef and cabbage today? As a child we always had it on St. Patrick’s Day.


  4. This was fun to read and find out something’s like finding the rainbow. I knew leprechauns are cobblers because of Bewitched. There was an episode with a leprechaun and he showed his appreciation by making Darren shoes


  5. I didn’t know much of anything about these questions. Never really thought about it much. I’d already gotten my corned beef brisket last Thursday thinking I could just pick up cabbage and potatoes today. Damn! I was kind of wrong about that. The store shelves were cleaned out. There was hardly anything in the produce department–not a potato to be found even in the canned food section. However there was a plentiful supply of organic cabbage that looked very good. We’ll have corned beef and cabbage tomorrow with no potatoes. And they did have horseradish which I love with my corned beef. So tomorrow in our isolation we’ll be eating well.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    1. This whole coronavirus thing could turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Here, most restaurants have gone to carryout and delivery only, meaning people bring the food home and eat with their families. I can see where it might seem a bit claustrophobic at first, so maybe will learn to walk again and be outside. We need more of that. Enjoy your corned beef and cabbage, with or without potatoes.


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