The real Patty’s Day — 2 Comments

  1. A lot of things to do with St. Patrick's Day are fake anyway. Firstly it was Irish Americans in Philadelphia and other cities in the late 19th century who invented the St. Patrick's Day parades. They were asserting their presence in America then in the face of ethnic discrimination. Any public statues of St. Patrick are fakes, because they show him in episcopal clothing that didn't exist during his time in Ireland. While trekking through the wild forests of ancient Eire he would have needed a rough walking stick made from ash or hawthorn, instead of an ornate crozier,  to beat his way through the thick undergrowth, and also to ward off assaults by wolves and wild Irishmen – and sandals would have been useless to protect his feet. Any banners decorated with clover are also fake, because clover has 4 petals whereas the shamrock symbolising the Trinity has 3 petals. Paddy hats were also invented by Irish Americans, and seem to be the preferred headgear of tipsy German tourists in Dublin for the Temple Bar 'craic'. And if I see any leprechauns I'll cast a Druidic spell on them.

    • It's a bit like Santa and his big red cloak!  Things like the floppy hats and the inflated hammers [where the fuck did they come from?] are just an irritation and I ignore them.  They are actually handy for marking out tourists.  But the Patty's Day thing just shows that those who use it haven't a fucking clue what they're on about.  They're certainly not Irish.

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