Today is the Day of the Potato-Eater! Men of the Pale, unite! We few, we happy few. For he who shares his beer with me today shall be my brother, be he never so sober this day shall intoxicate his condition. And men now in England shall think themselves accursed and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks upon Saint Patrick’s Day!
And how good is this day?
Saint Patrick- just one of the apostles of Ireland and Nigeria- truly opened up Ireland. His path was not easy but had he not prevailed (thanks to God), the world would be changed utterly.
The Irish (-esque) who contributed to the good of the world:
Saint Brendan (discovered North America)
William Butler Yeats
Colm Meaney (the guy who played Chief on Deep Space Nine- the only non-stereotypical Irishman- Boo! Shame, Star Trek franchise!)
Father Chris and his dogs of Ireland
It is also the feast day of Saint Gertrude of Nivelles and Gary Sinise's birthday (many happy returns).