Éirinn go brách, or, the English version: Erin go bragh! (Ireland forever!) And while I’m not Irish in the least, it is only fitting that the necktie this month honor or pay tribute to St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, whose feast day is celebrated on the 17th of March (supposedly the anniversary of the date of his death). But did you know that . . .
- his first name wasn’t actually Patrick (Maewyn Succat)?
- St. Patrick was not born in Ireland? (born in Roman Britain)
- he was captured by Irish pirates when he was a teen and forced into slavery in Ireland?
- his color was not green (blue)?
- the first parade took place in New York City (1762)?
- 34.7 million Irish-Americans (more than seven times the population of Ireland)?
- the Shamrock was used as a symbol for the Holy Trinity?
- odds of finding a four-leaf clover: 1 in 10,000?
- he did not banish any snakes from Ireland (there is no evidence that snakes ever inhabited Ireland)?
- Guinness sales double on St. Patrick’s Day?
This particular necktie is yet another Jerry Garcia design and looks simply splendid on this solid white shirt. It looks equally fine with my dark green shirt, my black shirt, and even my bright yellow shirt; quite a versatile necktie.