10 St. Patrick’s Day facts
1. The very first St. Patrick’s day parade didn’t take place in Ireland. It took place in Boston in 1737.
Boston St. Patricks Day Parade (image http://www.stpatricksday.com/)
2. St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just a national holiday in Ireland. It is a national holiday on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, which was founded by Irish refugees. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland.
Children in Montserrat celebrating St. Patricks Day (image http://www.gov.ms/2012/03/18/montserrat-celebrates-st-patricks-day-with-a-colourful-parade-and-feast/)
3. The worlds shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade takes place in downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas every year. In total the route is only 98-foot. However, this year An Irish bar in the Bronx is set to attempt the the “World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade”. An Beal Bocht Café, in Kingsbridge, plans to stage a 47-foot parade.
Hot Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade(image http://www.shorteststpats.com/gallery/)
4. The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th century. Green, in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow.
St. Patrick (image http://www.claddaghdesign.com/blog/ireland/facts-about-st-patrick/)
5. The New York City parade is the world’s biggest St Patrick’s Day parade with more than 150,000 participants. It marches along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and has been going since before the Declaration of Independence, having started in 1762.
New York City Parade (image http://www.skibbereeneagle.ie/?p=254)
6. The bowl of shamrock the Taoiseach traditionally gives the US president is destroyed almost immediately by the US Secret Service. The White House security protocol dictates that any “food, drink or plant presented to the president be ‘handled pursuant to Secret Service policy‘”.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny presenting Shamrock to President Barack Obama (image www.independent.ie)
7.In Chicago every year, members of Chicago Journeymen Plumbers dye the river “Kelly” green. Although the river Kelly may be frozen this year, it won’t stop the tradition from going ahead. “The ice is never that thick that we can’t break through it and make it work. They will get the water moving and get the dye in there.”
River Kelly in Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day
8. Other famous sites going green for the first time in 2014 include the historic Petra in Jordan, Canada’s famous ski resort of Whistler; one of the highest waterfalls in Europe, the Rhine Falls near Zurich; the distinctive Evoluon Eindhoven in the Netherlands and the Petřín Lookout Tower in Prague.
Petra, Jordan going green for St. Patrick’s Day (image independent.ie)
9. 83% of US adults will wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. Shoulder to shoulder, those 102 million people would stretch from California to New York 4 times
Wearing green (image www.happy-hour.com)
10. Around 13 million pints of Guinness are drunk on St. Patrick’s Day. That’s over 150 pints per second!
U.S. President Obama gives a thumbs-up as he celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a pint of Guinness
St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us and here at Irish TV, we’ve come up with a list of our top 10 Irish songs to sing on the big day. The Irish everywhere love a good sing-song, so take note of these well known tunes and your all set to impress your family and friends during the celebrations!
What songs would be on your top Irish songs list?
“The Fields of Athenry” This well known Irish anthem is guaranteed to be played numerous times in pubs all around the world on St. Patrick’s Day. In case there is anyone who doesn’t know the lyrics yet…start learning now!
“On Raglan Road” is a well-known Irish ballad from a poem written by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh. This might be a tricky song to sing along to but if it’s sang well it’ll be a big hit on the night.
“Whiskey in the Jar” is set in the mountains of Cork and Kerry, this song tells the tale of a highway man who is betrayed by his wife or lover. This tune has have been recorded by various artists since the 1950s including The Dubliners and probably most famously Thin Lizzy. It’s up to you which version of the song you wish to sing on the night!
“I Useta Love Her” A fast modern number by Galway band The Saw Doctors. It was a close call between this and “N17” but with this number you’re bound to get the crowd out on the floor dancing.
“The Irish Rover” An Irish classic made popular by The Pogues and The Dubliners. This is one for later in the night when Irish spirits are at an all time high. Cue the Irish dancing and table banging.
“Cliffs of Dooneen” is an Irish ballad made famous by Planxty. It is often performed by Christy Moore. The song was written by Jack McAuliffe about the cliffs around Dooneen Point near Beale in North Kerry. The mention of the west coast of Clare and the towns of Kilkee and Kilrush has made the song a County Clare anthem. This has led to confusion over the location of the cliffs which some assume to have be in Clare rather than in Kerry.
“Song for Ireland” is an Irish ballad written by Phil Colclough. He wrote the song after being inspired by a trip to the Dingle Peninsula. It has been recorded by numerous artists, including Mary Black and The Dubliners. A modern classic.
“Town I Loved So Well” is a song written by Phil Coulter about his childhood in Derry, Northern Ireland. We all know some Luke Kelly impersonator who will sing this song at some stage during the night.
“I’ll Tell Me Ma” this song actually originated as a children’s skipping song but has since been adapted into a well-known Irish folk song. The song is also well known as The Belle of Belfast City and The Boys Won’t Leave the Girls Alone. A great tune for a great party!
“The Parting Glass” is a Scottish and Irish traditional song, often sung at the end of a gathering of friends. It became a hit for the Clancy Brothers and is a perfect song for singing on St. Patrick’s Day.
Some guilty pleasures…
“Put ‘Em Under Pressure” – Italia ’90
“C’est la Vie” – B’Witched
“Flying with Wings” – Westlife
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids” – Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan
“We Got the World Tonight” – Mickey Joe Harte
“Jumbo Breakfast Roll” – Pat Shortt
“Riverdance” – although not a song to singalong to, it’ll have everyone up on their feet!
Irish TV will be travelling the world this St. Patrick’s Day to broadcast the celebrations, ceoil & craic from the St. Patrick’s Day festivals and parades all across Ireland, the UK and USA!!
Irish TV will be flying the Irish flag across the world this St. Patrick’s Day
Malachi will be flying to the U.S.A. to showcase the wonderful atmosphere and colour on offer from the biggest St. Patrick’s day parade in the world in New York City! He will also be travelling across America to visit the Irish communities in Boston and Washington D.C.
New Yorkers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2013
Malachi and the Irish TV crew filming for St. Patrick’s Day.
Malachi will travel with An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny across the USA as he meets business leaders, entrepreneurs and political figures who have links to Ireland. The crew will even gain an exclusive pass to enter the White House and meet President Barack Obama!
Irish TV presenter Pierce O’Reilly in the Oval office last year.
Closer to home…Pierce will travel to Leeds to connect with the Irish diaspora across the water and broadcast the passion and pageantry from the St. Patrick’s Day festival in Yorkshire. The Irish TV crew will capture all the action from the Irish community and bring you exclusive backstage footage from the Leeds parade!
Also in the UK..our Manchester reporter, Martin Logan will be Out & About in Manchester to chat to the huge Irish community living in Manchester who will be out on the streets to celebrate the big day, while our London reporter Ian McDonnell will be based in Trafalgar Square to soak up the vibrant ambiance and aura in the UK capital!
On top of all that Irish TV will also have footage from St. Patrick’s Day parades all around Ireland! If you would like us to feature highlights or pictures from the parade in your area please get in touch. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook!
Swinford St. Patrick’s Day parade
World renowned country music singer/songwriter Max T. Barnes, writer and publisher of 33 number one hits in America, visited the IRISH TV studios recently with new Nashville country star Craig Curtis. Barnes is the son of famous songwriter Max D. Barnes and has been in the music business for 30 years. He wrote his first hit song at the age of 19, Vern Gosdin’s “Way Down Deep”. He’s been topping the charts ever since, writing for example “Let Go of the Stone” by John Anderson, “At the Sound of the Tone” by Dukes of Hazard’s John Schneider and “Before You Kill Us All” by Randy Travis. His songs “That’s How Your Love Makes Me Feel” by Diamond Rio and “Love, Me” by Colin Raye spent three weeks at #1. He has written songs on albums that have sold over 20 million records and currently writes for Ray Stevens Music publishing.
Together with Craig Curtis, he will embark on an Irish tour later this spring singing the hits they wrote together with the late great Max D. Barnes. “I have spent my life writing songs for other folks” said Barnes. “Now I want to go sing them for the people without the middle man” he said.
Tour dates include:
March 5th – Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo
March 6th – Griffin’s Bar, Clifden, Co. Galway
March 9th – Josie’s Country Tavern, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
March 14th – Tigh Darby’s, Bealadangin, Co. Galway
March 15th – The Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
March 16th – The Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo
March 17th – Tigh Khitts, Carraroe, Co. Galway
March 19th – The Cork Opera House, Co. Cork
This week on IRISH TV we visit Lough Key in Co. Roscommon to feature highlights from Irelands most prestigious two day sleddog racing event. The programme captures all the atmosphere and excitement from this unique racing event and features interviews with some of the organisers including Mandy Hynes, PRO and Louise Fitzpatrick, Lough Key general manager.
Also on the programme tonight, we feature highlights of the Alltech International Craft Beer and Food Fair which took place in the Convention Centre in Dublin recently.
We also feature the launch of the SFA National Small Business Awards 2014.
You can see all the action tonight on SKY 191, FREESAT 400 and online on www.irishtv.ie @ 9pm!
The Mayo Association Galway Dinner Dance 2014 took place in the Galway Bay Hotel last Friday night and IRISH TV were there to capture all the glitz and the glamour from the sold out event.
The association, which was founded in Galway in 1971, has a long standing tradition and history of supporting worthwhile schemes or projects in Mayo and Galway. It is also fully committed to participating in all aspects of community life in Galway. This year the association honoured Mayo person of the year, John Walkin and the Mayo Meitheal Award winners, Saint Attractas National School, Charlestown.
Commenting on the success of this year’s event, PJ King, Chairperson of the Association added, ” I would like to thank everyone who made the night such a huge success. It was wonderful to socalize and network with people from Mayo and Galway and raise money for some great causes.”
Highlights from this year’s dinner dance will be shown on IRISH TV shortly.
World renowned country music singer/songwriter Max T. Barnes, (writer and publisher of 33 #1’s) will visit the IRISH TV studios tomorrow, Tuesday 25th, with new Nashville country artist Craig Curtis!
Max T Barnes is an American country music singer, songwriter, studio musician, and producer. He is the son of famous songwriter Max D. Barnes and has been in the music business for 30 years. He has written songs on albums that have sold over 20 million records and he currently writes for Ray Stevens Music publishing.
Together Max T. and Craig Curtis are an acoustic country harmony duo who will embark on an Irish tour this month singing the hits they wrote together with the late great Max D. Barnes. Hit’s like “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” by George Jones, “Love, Me” by Colin Raye and “Look At Us” by Vince Gill. As well as “Love Ten Feet Away” by Keith Whitley” and “If You Wanna Find Love” by Kenny Rogers.
The duo will visit the Irish TV studios tomorrow for a chat about their upcoming tour and play a few songs! For tour info visit maxtbarnes.com
IRISH TV travelled to Manchester at the weekend to capture the glitz and glamour at the Manchester Mayo Association Dinner Dance 2014. The sell out night was the biggest party of the year and a fitting tribute to the Manchester Mayo Gathering.
This year’s Manchester Mayo Award was presented to Louise Keegan for her massive contribution to the Manchester Mayo Gathering. As well as running the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance with her brother James Keegan, Louise is a founding member of Young, Gifted & Green, where she has been the choreographer of the group since it began.
Marcela Wilkinson, the Manchester Mayo Association President said, “This was a night that will stay long in the memory. I would like to thank everyone who made the night such a huge success. It was great to let our hair down but also to celebrate our achievements and raise such a lot of money for Irish Community Care.”
All the action will be shown on ‘Out & About in the UK’ on IRISH TV shortly!
The World Indoor Tug of War Championships 2014 are taking place this weekend in the Breaffy House Hotel, Co. Mayo. The championships are running all weekend finishing up with the World Senior Final on Sunday evening.
Up to 20 countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA will compete in various categories for men, women and youths, with around 1000 competitors in action.
A spokesperson for the event said: “The sport is highly entertaining to watch, it is extremely skillful and requires huge levels of commitment and dedication to reach World level. If you are free this weekend come down and support the teams.
The vibrancy and enthusiasm of the Mayo community in Dublin will feature on a special TV broadcast on SKY TV this coming Thursday, February 20th after a film crew from MAYO TV attended the prestigious Mayo Dublin Association Dinner Dance.
The hour long programme called ‘Out & About in Ireland’ will be broadcast on SKY TV channel 191/Freesat 400 and online at MAYOTV.ie and IRISHTV.ie this coming Thursday, February 20th, at 9.00pm.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny was the guest of honour at the sold out event, which also included a delegation from Mayo County Council and Chairde Mhaigh Eo. The MAYO TV film crew travelled to Dublin to capture the glitz, gowns and glamour of the annual gathering and talk to those nurturing social, cultural and economic ties between counties Dublin and Mayo.
The special programme features insightful and engaging interviews from a host of names including John Walkin, Mayo Person of the Year 2014, Pat Rabbitte TD Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and the organizers of the Mayo Dublin Association Dinner Dance.
The one hour programme on February 20th can be viewed on SKY TV channel 191, Freesat 400 and online at mayotv.ie andirishtv.ie this coming Thursday at 9.00pm.