11 Ways It Pays To Be Irish

Saint Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday celebrated on March 17th with festivities, parades, and (of course) lots and lots of beer.  St. Pat’s is an annual event that everyone can enjoy, but is there a benefit to having a little Irish in ya? T-Shirts.com looks at 11 ways it pays to be Irish:

 

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1. TRADITIONAL IRISH DANCING WILL MAKE YOU JEALOUS

Unless you can do it, In which case you are the person we are jealous of. Traditional Irish social and performance dances are known for their lively steps and jumps while maintaining stationary arm positions.

 

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Watch Conan O’Brien learning to dance a traditional Irish jig:

 

 

 

2. IRISH NAMES ARE SUPER COOL

Boys Names

Aedan, Aodhan 

Pronounced “Ai-dan,” this Irish boy’s name means born of fire in honor of St. Aidan of Iona (c. 630 AD) and is generally represented by the image of a stag. There are FAR less cool animals one could be represented by.

 

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Ruari

Pronounced “Ro-ree,” this name means red king after Ruari O’Connor, the last High King of Ireland who was forced to abdicate his throne in 1175. Sounds like something straight out of Game of Thrones!

 

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Tadgh

The Irish form of Timothy and pronounced “Teegue,” this name means poet or philosopher. In 1014, Tadhg Mór O’Kelly (translation: “Big Tim”) fought like a wolf before he was killed by Vikings.

 

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Girls Names

Ashling, Aislin, Aislinn

This Irish girls’ name, pronounced “Ash-ling,” means vision or dream and is represented by a beautiful woman in peril.

 

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Deirdre

Pronounced “Deer-dreh,” Deirdre was the most beautiful woman in ancient Ireland. She was once engaged to a high king of Ireland but fell in love with the king’s nephew and they ran away together. The jealous king tricked his nephew into thinking he was forgiven for stealing his woman, and then killed the young man. Deirdre threw herself from a chariot when she learned of her lover’s death. Not exactly a happy ending, but the story inspired a very popular Irish girls’ name.

 

Maebh

Meaning she who intoxicates, this Irish girls’ name is pronounced “May-v.” Maebh was a warrior queen who once went to war over a bad cattle sale. She was one cool chick.

 

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3. THIS AWESOME DRUM COMES FROM IRELAND

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The bodhrán is an Irish frame drum with a goat skin tacked to one side. The other side is left open for one hand to be placed against the inside of the drum head, which controls the pitch. Check out this bodhrán drum solo!

 

 

 

4. IRISH MUSIC IS AWESOME IN GENERAL

A jig is a folk dance style of music in compound meter (6/8 time) commonly associated with Irish dance music. If you woke up to this song every day, mornings would actually be bearable!

 

 

A reel is a folk dance style of music in simple meter (2/2 or 4/4 time). Let the foot tapping begin:



5. IRISH FOLKS HAVE FABULOUS JEWELRY

Case and point: The Claddagh Ring. This traditional Irish ring represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship; the heart represents love; the crown represents loyalty). The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh just outside of Galway.

 

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6. THE PATRON SAINT OF IRELAND THROWS ONE HECK OF A PARTY

Celebrated annually on March 17th, the Christian “Feast of Saint Patrick” began as a commemoration of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385—461) and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Today, Irish culture and heritage are in full display on this holiday celebrated around the world. It turns into quite the public party with participants wearing green, drinking green beer, and enjoying festive parades. The Catholic Church even lifts Lenten restrictions on food and drink for the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

 

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7. GREAT BEER (‘NUFF SAID)

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8. IRELAND PRODUCED SOME VERY FAMOUS WRITERS

James Joyce is chief among these. Born in Dublin in 1882, Joyce was a novelist and author whose book Ulysses propelled him to notoriety. He is widely accepted as one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century.

 

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9. HAVE YOU TRIED IRISH FOOD? YUM.

Traditional Irish cuisine is centered around staple crops grown in Ireland, it's close proximity to the sea, and the country's historical economic conditions. Common foods include:

  • dairy from pastured cows and sheep
  • meats like pork, lamb, and beef
  • grains such as barley, oats, and wheat
  • freshwater fish like trout and salmon
  • seafood like mackerel, cod, and shellfish. 
Vegetables used are those grown in Irish country gardens like the potato, cabbage, kale, carrots, and onions. Popular Irish dishes include lamb stew, colcannon (cabbage, potatoes and milk), and Shepherd’s Pie (an Irish pot pie).

 

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10. IT'S IN THE GENES: IRISH PEOPLE ARE GOOD LOOKING

The Irish are known for their good looks. While the most notable genetic traits include fiery red hair, fair skin and freckles, other dark and light-haired phenotypes are common in their genes as well. In fact, “Black Irish” is an expression used to describe dark-haired Irish folks.

 

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11. THE IRISH ARE BORN LUCKY! JUST ASK THEM.

Ever heard of the “Luck O’ the Irish?” It may be a slightly ironic expression given the country’s tumultuous history, but heck, the Irish are an optimistic people!

 

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Even if you aren't Irish by blood, you can still be "Irish for a day" on March 17th. Scroll through our most popular St. Patrick's Day T-Shirts and get your green on!

Hannah Dorn Hannah Dorn is an Inbound Marketing Specialist at Shirts.com. She has a passion for all things obscure and ironic and is an appreciator of fine wine, fine science, and fine dinosaurs. She puts bacon on everything.

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