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St. Patrick’s Day

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Our family is incredibly diverse, across nationalities, ethnicities, religion, etc., but sadly, as far as I know, there is no Irish ancestry or any link to Ireland.  When I was growing up, I was told that everyone could be Irish for a day on St. Patrick’s Day, if you wore green and celebrated the day.  I know there is great controversy over turning everything green and about really how Irish is Shepherd’s Pie, but my daughter wanted green beer and her boyfriend loves Shepherd’s Pie, so there you go.

Additions/Omissions:  not a fan of sour cream so used a little extra butter, had to leave out rosemary for one diner, used turkey bacon

Taste Test:  Harp beer was good (I’m not a big beer drinker) and one drop of food coloring does not hamper the taste.  Excellent Shepherd’s Pie, even without the sour cream and rosemary.                                                                                                         

Zip Facts about St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish, and the color green:

  • The Celts called their idea of heaven “Green Erin” a nickname eventually given to Ireland.
  • Green, the symbolic color of St. Patrick’s Day, is mainly due to the lush ground cover of clover over the entire country of Ireland, also known as the “Emerald Isle”.  The original color associated with St. Patrick’s is blue.
  • St. Patrick, born Maewyn Succat in Scotland, was known for being the first to use the Irish 3 leaf clover, also called the Shamrock, or Tri-foil, as an illustration of the doctrine of the Trinity. He did not drive the snakes out of Ireland because there were no snakes there.
  • There is a legend started around the 1700s that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns that will pinch anyone they can see.
  • In 1961, parade organizer Stephen Baily, head of Plumbers Local Union #110, discovered that a dye used to detect leaks in plumbing had escaped into the river.  Hence, the idea of dyeing the entire river bright green for St. Paddy’s was born.

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