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Saint Patrick wasn't really Irish at all!
True or False?
2. Irish farmers in the spring would do this to each member of their family as they said, "In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost."
Pull the leaves off a shamrock.
(b) Give a toast with beer to each member.
(c) Mark a cross on their arm with ash from a burnt stick.
(d) Hang a cross over their beds.
3. St. Patrick changed Ireland's national color to green. True or False?
4. What is Ireland's nickname?
5. St. Patrick loved to listen to Irish tales. So much so he declared that they all must be told in poetic verse from then on. True or False?
6. W. B. Yeats is an Irish poet who loved to write about:
(b) Fairies and Ghosts
7. What Irish dance later became popular in America in the early century?
8. A leprechaun is really an Irish:
9. According to Irish legends, where do the fairies who kidnap brides and babies take them?
(b) In fairy mounds
(c) In caves in the mountains
(d) Under Bridges
10. A popular Irish dish that is shredded cabbage, minced onions, mashed potatoes and melted butter is known as:
(b) Shepherds' Pie
(d) Fairy Porridge
11. Ireland was the first country in Europe to grow potatoes on a large scale. True or False?
12. Irish Soldiers (For the British Army) during the Revolutionary War played the Fife and Drum. What's a fife?
13. Michael Flatley popularized what type of Irish dance step?
14. Kissing the Blarney Stone is suppose to give you what?
Lips from the dew on the rock
(b) Good Luck in Love
(c) Remove shyness
(d) Heals you of warts
color of green for Ireland stands for:
16. What Irish plant is suppose to represent the Trinity used by Christians?
17. In what location is it rumored that leprechauns bury their pot of gold?
18. In St. Patrick's time, poets were as high ranking as Kings. True or False?
19. St. Patrick is suppose to have removed what from Ireland:
(d) Loch Ness Monster
20. Why does a
leprechaun wear green?
(a) He loves the color
(b) A form of camouflage
(c) Because he felt it was lucky
(d) It's the only dye available at the time for cloth
21. A whisky made from potatoes is called?
(b) Tater Shots
22. The first St. Patrick's Day parade/celebration was in this city?
(b) New York
(d) Washington, D.C.
23. Shamrock and Clover are the same thing. True or False?
24. What's a shillelagh?
a big stick
(b) An Irish ballad
(c) The real Celtic spelling of the female name "Sheila"
(d) None of the above
25. The oldest known Irish stone carvings show people playing this instrument:
26. The Irish are said to have brought this breakfast to America?
(d) Cream of Wheat
27. The 1800's term "Paddy Wagon" comes from this:
police wagons had soft leather padding.
(b) When the drunk Irish got arrested, they all said their name was Paddy (i.e. like John Doe today).
(c) The Police Station was in Paddington.
(d) The maker of the police wagon was "Paddy, Inc."
28. If you ask for an Irish Coffee in a restaurant, what do you get?
type of highway intersection is named after what Irish plant?
30. In early Irish days, the clergy condemned this type of music, reducing the players to become beggers.
(b) Fiddles and Violins
(c) Piano or Organ
(d) Fiddling and bag piping
31. A popular Disney movie about leprechauns is?
32. What weed is often called "The Irish Daisy" and children rub under their chins to get a yellow color?
(c) All Yellow Daisies
(****see note below***)
33. Which style of ring is often considered the "Wedding Ring?"
(b) Lover's Knot
(c) Any ring with an emerald stone
(d) A ring that's a carved circle of Green Jade
34. What book
idea did Irishman Hugh Beaver originate?
(a) Encyclopedia Britannica
(b) World Guinness Book of Records
(c) Webster Dictionary
(d) Putting bibles in all hotel rooms
35. The Irish Wolfhound got a seedy reputation in what Sherlock Holmes story?
36.Muckanaghederdauhaulia, Co. Galway is what?
longest river name in Ireland
(b) The longest town name in Ireland
(c) The longest county name in Ireland
(d) The longest castle name in Ireland
37. "Erin go Bragh" means this in Irish:
(b) Ireland Forever
(c) Ireland the Brave
(d) British Go! (from Ireland)
38. The City of
Cork, Ireland is named that because:
(a) It makes the corks for beer bottles
(b) After the King's name...Cork
(c) The cork is another name for marshes
(d) None of the above. It's just it's name.
39."Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral" is an American-written Irish tune that Bing Crosby made popular in what movie?
(b) Going My Way
(c) Bells of St. Mary
(d) Irish Lullaby
40. Which two rivers in the United States are died green every year on St. Patrick's Day (March 17)?
Chicago and San Antonio
(b) American and Colorado
(c) Green and Tennessee
(d) Snake and the Ohio
41. The Celtic cross has a circle in the center. What does it represent?
42. This bird is called "The King of Birds" in Ireland:
(b) The Wren
(c) The Woodpecker
43. In 1997, this became legal in Ireland:
Marrying at age 13.
(c) Drinking at age 16
44. Waterford, Ireland is popular for what product?
(d) Life preservers
45. Connemara marble is distinguished because it's...
(b) Ireland's national gem
(c) Both of the above
46. George M. Cohen, American-born on July 4th, 1878 was the son of Irish immigrants. He became a famous Broadway composer and well-known for which patriotic song?
A Grand Ol' Flag
(b) I'm A Yankee Doodle Dandy
(c) Over There
(d) All of them
47. Harland & Wolf are famous in Ireland for being what?
(c) Singing Group
48. In the movie, "The Quiet Man" Maureen O'Hara played Mary Kate Danaher, whom he favored. Who played the role of "The Quiet Man?"
(b) John Wayne
(c) Kirk Douglas
(d) Burt Lancaster
49. Irish Priest, Father Flanagan, founded Boys Town in 1917 for boys. In what year were girls allowed in?
50. The originator of Irish Coffee is believed to have been Daveina Davidson who worked at which Irish airport?
(b) Galway Airport
(c) Shannon Airport
(d) Sligo Airport
Lingus" is what in Ireland?
(a) Popular Rock Band
(b) Irish Jig
(c) Irish Airlines
(d) Popular Pub
52. A lot of
Irish names begin with "Mac" which means what?
(a) Son of
(b) Father to
(c) Born of
(d) Mother born of
53. St. Patrick
wasn't born with the name. What was his real birth name?
(a) Maewyn Succat
(b) Miles Shallob
(c) Michael O'Shaunessey
(d) Marcus Stough
54. St. Patrick
was a missionary for how long?
(a) 20 years
(b) 30 years
(c) 50 years
(d) His entire life
55. If you don't
wear green on St. Patrick's Day, what happens to you?
(a) You are cursed with jealousy all year
(b) You lose money
(c) You get pinched
(d) You shall have a nightmare
56. The Irish are
known for drinking. And so there's a lot of pubs in Ireland. Approximately how
many pubs per people are there said to be?
(a) 1 per every 100
(b) 1 per every 350
(c) 1 per every 749
(d) 1 per every 1,102
57. Irish pubs
are open every single day of the year.
True or False?
58. According to
the Irish, what's customary to do at a wake?
(a) Sing a song
(b) Toss clover on the casket
(c) Cover the windows with green cloth
(d) All of the above
59. On St.
Patrick's Day, all Lent restrictions are dropped.
True or False?
prefix that many Irish names have is the "O" such as O'Riley.
What does the "O" represent?
(a) Father of
(b) Elder of
(c) Grandson of
(d) Descendant of
"Cead mile failte romhat!" mean?
(a) A hundred thousand welcomes
(b) May the fairies bless your travels
(c) Cheers for all new friends
(d) Cold hands, warm hearts.
62. Which of the
following rock singers/bands is Irish?
(b) MaMa's Boys
(d) All of them
someone who doesn't wear green on St. Patrick's Day was started by who?
(d) Fashion Designers
64. Doing which
of the following is said to bring you good luck on St. Patrick's Day:
(a) Drinking Green Beer
(b) Eating Lucky Charms Cereal for breakfast
(c) Taking a bath in Irish Spring Soap
(d) None of the above
65. Which of the
following is NOT an Irish actor:
(a) Peter O'Toole
(b) Pierce Brosnan
(c) Jane Seymour
(d) Roma Downey
66. The potato is
native to Ireland.
True or False?
67. The Book of
Kells is a 1,000 old illustration of the bible.
Who created it?
(a) St. Patrick
(d) Roman conquerors
68. How did St.
Patrick drive the snakes out of Ireland?
(a) With fire and smoke
(b) With water (flooding)
(c) Pounding drums
(d) All of the above
Fields" is what?
(a) The oldest graveyard in Ireland
(b) Ireland's agricultural area
(c) Stone Age Monument
(d) W.C. Field's Great Grandfather's estate
percentage of US Presidents have Irish ancestors (as of 2006):
Valera is who?
(a) First President of the Irish Republic
(b) Famous Irish Opera Tenor
(c) Famous Irish Chef
(d) St. Patrick's father's name
72. The longest
river in Ireland is:
(a) Farset River
(b) Shannon River
(c) Liffey River
(d) Quoile River
traditional Irish Stew there's lots of potatoes and the meat used is?
74. In 1882, John
L. Sullivan (son of Irish immigrants) became famous for what?
(a) US Heavyweight boxing champion
(b) NY Irish Union Dock Leader
(c) NY First Police Irish Police Commissioner
(d) Walking naked in the St. Patrick's Day parade
75. Born in 1867 in Rockcorry County, Monaghan, Irishman John Robert Gregg is famous for inventing what?
(b) Maritime Flag Signals
(c) Spherical Geometry
(d) New disease-resistance potato
76. The first St. Patrick's Day celebration was in what town?
(b) New York
(d) New Orleans
77. "Drowning of the
Shamrock" is a tradition where...
(a) Men and women wear green underwear and jump in a river or lake on March 17.
(b) Toss a Shamrock into a drink
(c) Guzzling down a pint of green beer in 17 seconds.
(d) Toss a Shamrock Coin into a foundtain and make a wish on March 17.
78. All leprechauns are male. True or False?
79. In Ireland,
drinking wasn't allowed on St. Patrick's day between 1903 to 1970 because:
(a) The church forbade it.
(b) The government banned it.
(c) They had a whiskey prohibition during that time.
(d) The Irish Women's Movement forbid it. They got tired of drunken men.
80. Approximately how much would a pot of gold be worth today if the pot had 1,000 oz. of gold in it?
81. Which of the
following beers, is the one that is most drunk on St. Patrick's Day?
(a) Guiness Draught
(b) Murphy's Irish Stout
(c) Smithwick's Irish Ale
(d) Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
82. Baileys Irish Cream
liquor was named after...
(a) A hotel in London
(b) A legendary drunken leprechaun
(c) The president of the company
(d) The cat of the owner of the Gianbia Dairy Company
83. Irish soda bread does not have yeast in it. True or False?
originiated in Ireland. True or False?
85. According to the
2009 US Census, 12% of Americans claimed Irish ancestry.
But, in the sate of Massachusetts alone, how many have Irish ancestry?
(a) About 10% of the population
(b) About 25% of the population
(c) About 30% of the population
(d) About 60% of the population
Don't forget to visit the rest of our St. Patrick's Day fun :)
O' Blarney Irish
Source of most of
this is from:
"Shamrocks, Harps and Shillelaghs"
By Edna Barth
Clarion Books, NY © 1977
Other sources are
The Encyclopedia Britannica On-Line CD,
Wikipedia, and Just Because I Just Knew It! ;)
thanks to Gillian Lynch for informing me about #32.
I have "dandelion" as the correct answer. However, some consider it the "buttercup."
According to Gillian, in her childhood the dandelion was known as the ""pissy bed" because children are told that if they touch or smell it they will wet the bed that night! However, where I grew up we didn't have any buttercups and so we used dandelions as substitutes. And, many consider the dandelion as the Irish Daisy, not the buttercup.
Also, I had a few
Chicago residents write me and tell me that the Chicago River is also dyed green
every year. So, I corrected # 40.
Tanks to Ruth Fitzpatrick for letting me know of erroneous wording for #34.
So I reworded it to make the question more accurate.
#22. Thanks to Chris Keenan for letting me know that Boston did it before New York did.
#50. Thanks to Michael Daly for updating me on the origin of Irish Coffee.
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