Fun Facts!
•Why is the Irish flag green, white and orange? There is some debate as to the meaning of the colors, but it is generally understood that the green stands for the Catholics, the orange for the Protestants and white for peace between them.
•The Harp is the official emblem of Ireland, not the Shamrock.
•Over 40% of the U.S. Presidents had Irish ancestors.
•70-million people worldwide can claim Irish ancestry.
•Several million shamrock plants are grown in County Cork, Ireland each year and shipped all over the world for St. Patrick’s Day.
•The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in America was in 1737, hosted by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston. The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Philadelphia established the second in 1780.
•It is said there are more Americans of Irish descent in America than there are Irishmen in Ireland. In fact, Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day with such fun and wild abandon that many people in Ireland tune in their televisions to watch celebrations and parades in the U.S.
•A barrel contains 31 gallons of beer.
•The first beer cans were produced in 1935.
•A beer is NOT just “a beer.” All told, there are 27 different styles of beer, with a further breakdown of 49 substyles.