Although Patrick himself was not Irish, having originally been captured from Wales and brought to Ireland as a slave, he is celebrated every year as the Patron Saint of Ireland.
But there’s more to St Patrick’s Day than just alcohol. In fact, it is a holiday that is celebrated all across the world and historically did not even begin in Ireland.
In fact it isn't just green that is supposed to be worn, but the colour Shamrock itself. So make sure you get your colour swatches out before you leave the house on St Paddys!
Who doesn't love beef that has been tightly squeezed into a metal container alongside nature's most hated vegetable? Sorry if you’re partial to a bit of cabbage but I personally can't stand the stuff!
Apparently this tradition, again, comes from Irish immigrants in America. Since they couldn’t get their hands on a bacon joint, they settled for corned beef, which was more readily available in the States.
Since then it has become a staple of St. Patrick’s Day and is more often than not used to line the stomach before a long night of drinking in honour of the man himself.
While the world likes to mock the Irish for their supposed inherent love of a tipple or two (or three, or four, or five) they certainly like to join in on March 17th. It seems only right that on the most Irish of all days the country’s unofficial national drinks are consumed in massive amounts.
Today that legacy lives on and Guinness is now one of the biggest selling drinks on St Patrick’s Day. So popular is it on this day in particular that it sells nearly twice as much as it does on any other day of the year.
This comes to about 13 million glasses in total, or around 7.5 million pints, which is truly impressive.
The Jameson brand on the other hand is doing amazingly well, and is by far the best-known Irish Whiskey brand across the globe, so you would expect big things from them when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day.
Every year Jameson collaborates with a different artist to produce a limited edition bottle to celebrate St Paddy’s. This year it is being designed by Dublin based street artist James Earley, who himself was inspired by the River Liffey and stained glass windows.
Planning a trip to Ireland? Now's the Time!
If you happen to be in Dublin on St Patrick's, head to the Irish Beer & Whiskey Village, based in the RDS Main Hall in Dublin.
This will be a fantastic showcase of many of the independent as well as some of the better-known distilleries found all over Ireland. You’ll also get the chance to try some craft beer and see what the Irish are doing with their hops!
The Village is taking place over the course of three days, as Dublin and Ireland generally launch their three-day celebrations for St Patrick.
With the Irish Whiskey market experiencing a boom at the minute, this might be the best year to get yourself to Dublin and see what’s going on.
Just don’t try to keep up with the locals!