No parades, no bar or pub gatherings, no public celebrations, BUT did you know
1. That Corned Beef and Cabbage was an American invention?
2. That the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was in America?
3. That Ireland had no snakes so St. Patrick could not have banished them?
4. That leprechauns are based upon Celtic fairies?
5. That the shamrock was considered a sacred plant?
Click here to read about these and other fun St. Patrick Day facts.
St. Patrick’s color is really blue and not green.
While I eating some delicious Irish whisky cake during a Celtic discussion, I was told that Jamison was the Catholic Irish Whisky and Bushmill was the Protestant Irish Whisky because Jamison was distilled in Northern Ireland and Bushmill in County Cork.
However, this is an Irish-American fallacy.
According to Ask Your Bartender,
Jameson was pretty much founded in 1780 when John Jameson – a Scottish guy – purchased the Bow Street Distillery, which at the time was one of the biggest distilleries in Ireland. Now, it’s important to note that the Scottish Reformation occurred in 1560, so odds are in favor of the founder of the Jameson distillery, being Scottish, was a damn Protestant.
Bushmills, on the other hand, was officially licensed in 1608 by King James I (of Bible fame) and despite of its location deep in the heart of Protestant country (and this next bit is straight from my local Bushmills rep, so take it or leave it) has a Catholic as a master distiller.
According to everyone I’ve spoken with on the subject, you only really find this debate in the States, where Irish-American support of the Republic can sometimes be blind and often fueled by the very product we’re speaking of. But none of it means much, anyway: both distilleries are owned by huge international entities: Jameson by French liquor conglomerate Pernod-Ricard, and Bushmills by the English firm Diageo.