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Things You May Not Know About St. Patrick’s Day

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Is it just me, or is does it not seem as exciting though, as we kind of celebrate a couple of weeks early with our St. Patrick’s Parade in Binghamton, and all the festivities that go with it?
Well, there’s still plenty of St. Patrick’s Day happenings going around our area.

Anyway, here’s a few tidbits you may not have known.

St. Patrick was born in either Scotland or Wales, and was brought to Ireland as a slave.
So that means he really wasn’t Irish, and his name wasn’t Patrick, it was ‘Maewyn.
Try pronouncing that.

St. Patrick’s Day actually marks his death, not birth.

It was a couple of guys from America that wrote the song ‘When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.’

There are around 36 million Americans with Irish ancestors.

On St. Patrick’s Day, one percent of all the beer in the world is consumed.

The song ‘Danny Boy’ was written by Frederick Weatherly, who was an English songwriter, and he set it to ‘Londonerry Air’, which is an Irish melody.

The bar tab in America today will be around 245 million dollars.

In an average day, about five and a half million pints of Guinness is consumed.
On St. Patrick’s Day, it swells to over 13 million pints.

About 133 million American adults, which is over half the adult population are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today, and over two thirds of them will wear green.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at 99.1 The Whale!

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