Get in the Mood for Paddy’s Day

Well, here we are. It’s Paddy’s Day, a little something to help you make the most of it: 

If you’d like to sound Irish on the big day, here are some things to say – and more importantly not to say: TIPS

Try some handy tricks to make your sentences more Irish: MORE TIPS.  

In The Little Book of Irishisms I include the many words we Irish have for rain. I never thought to include all the variations we have for Patrick. So, here we go:

My dad was Patrick. Known as Paddy. Also PANTA (Patrick Anthony Noel Thomas Acquinas) but that’s another day’s work. My brother is Patrick. Known as, wait for it, Patrick. His siblings (me included) call him Pa – encouraged by the fact that he hates it. Some of his friends call him Pat. The Irish for Patrick is Pádraig, Pádraic, Páraic (don’t ask me why there are so many versions). The director of my new short film was baptised Pádraig. He insists on being called Paudie. He was born on St. Patrick’s Day but was going to be called Patrick anyway after his grandfather. So, Patrick really is big with us. In The Little Book of Irishisms, I explain how to pronounce Irish names and what they mean. Patrick means “of noble origin.”  

And finally, if you want to make a cuppa, sit back and have a listen here’s a podcast about Ireland, Irishisms, Irish sport… all things Irish really. Really relaxed lovely banter. A bit of craic, so to speak.

All that’s left to say is Lá Féile Padraig díobh. 


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