Happy St Patrick’ Day everyone!
On March 17, Irish people all over the world celebrate this date and Cork City has not been left behind !
The rebel city celebrated the event in a joyful and friendly atmosphere.
First, let’s see how good you are with facts about this big day
Did you know that :
► St Patrick wasn’t Irish ?
► the original color associated with St Patrick is blue, not green ?
► the Shamrock is not the symbol of Ireland (can you guess which one it is ? )
► the first St Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York in the 1760s ?
► 13 million pints of Guinness are sold during this day ?
Another fact: Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10.000! We at ICC hope you had a fun day and found your clover !
ICC also celebrated the date and we had a lot of fun all together ! We also learnt about National Days everywhere in the world !
Here’s what some of our members shared with us during our last meeting :
What are you doing here in Cork? Completing an internship in a translation agency.
How will you celebrate Saint Patricks Day? I will go to see the parade and of course go for a few drinks with friends.
What is the National Holiday in your country? In France we celebrate Bastille day (marks the anniversary of the storming of Bastille during revolution) on the 14th of July, we have fireworks at night and as it is a military event there is alot of army present on the day in parades and on the streets.
What was the most surprising thing about living in Ireland? The people, they are really friendly and warm, for example when I was lost in the street random people came up to me and helped me, this would not happen back in France. Also people here drink a lot of tea!
What are you doing here in Cork? I am here to study English.
How will you celebrate Saint Patricks Day? I will travel to Dublin and celebrate it there to watch the parade there and go out in Temple bar.
What is the National Holiday in your country? On the 12th of October we have a catholic holiday (Our Lady of Aparecida) It’s a day where we give presents to the children in our families so it’s a day especially for kids. Of course we also have carnival in February where everyone goes to the streets and drinks. Children dress up as fantasy characters for example princes and princesses and adults dress up too!
What was the most surprising thing about living in Ireland? The weather is completely different to Brazil, back home it is about 38 or 40 degrees and here, it rains!
What are you doing here in Cork? I am working in the hospital as a doctor since 5 years.
How will you celebrate Saint Patricks Day? I will enjoy my evenings with friends from different nationalities. On thursday, I will see the parade in Cork and then have a party in the Old Oak Bar with french and italians friends.
What is the National Holiday in your country? In Egypt, we celebrate the 6th of October 1973, The Yum Kippur War, frequently called the Sinai’s Day. As a military date, we watch the parade on TV with my family and have a good meal.
What was the most surprising thing about living in Ireland? The amount of rain (I hate rain now), the less sun, driving on the left, shops closing early and many other things !
We hope you had a lot of fun during St Patrick’s Day wherever you were !
Find all images from our special St Patrick’s Day Party on Monday 14th of March in @Urban Jungle in Cork : internationalclubcork