With a last name like ‘O’Driscoll’ I wasn’t really surprised when asked to post about the traditional holiday that celebrates my freckly, quick-tempered, yet jolly heritage. Not to mention, as a lover of all “themes” I was extremely delighted to sport my green fits to work (and even the gym) today and have been threatening to pinch my forgetful coworker (ahem, Stephanie) who did not abide by this STRINGINT rule- subsequently offending leprechauns nationwide. (way to go, Fäsi).
So, in an effort to really get us all thinking about this fun holiday, here’s a totally random list of what pops into my Irish brain when I think about St. Patrick’s Day.
1. Remember the scary movie, Leprechaun?
Let me refresh you:
Daniel O’Grady returns home from a trip to Ireland to tell his wife that he had captured a Leprechaun and that by doing so, acquired his pot of gold. Unbeknownst to him, the evil Leprechaun had stowed away in one of his suitcases, killing his wife by pushing her down the basement stairs. After burying the gold, Daniel discovers the leprechaun and tries to kill it by showing him a four-leaf clover, the Leprechaun’s weakness.
Like seriously WTF? Hollywood takes one of the few, happy (albeit mischievous) characters that children look forward to and turn them evil? NOT COOL. The most redeeming quality of this movie…. It was JENNIFER ANISTON’S FILM DEBUT!
2. I once heard that Guinness has like way less calories…True?
I looked it up, here’ s the gist according to TIME magazine
Guinness, a stout-style brew, is known for its creamy texture, dark color, and rich, caramel-tinged flavor. That means it must be high in calories, right? Not so fast. A 12-ounce serving of Guinness sets you back 125 calories—just 15 more than the same serving of Bud Light. Alcohol is beer’s main calorie source, and since Guinness is just 4.2% ABV, it’s relatively low in calories. The dark color and sweetness come from small amounts of roasted barley used in the brewing process. And that thick, creamy texture? Most beers are carbonated with carbon dioxide, but Guinness uses a mix of CO2 and nitrogen. Nitrogen bubbles are smaller than CO2 bubbles, which produces a smoother “mouthfeel,” as beer nerds call it.
3. Are St. Patrick’s Day Parades Fun?
The answer is and always will be HECK YES!!!!!!!
Here is a photo of me and my friends and family when we PARTICIPATED in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Virginia City, Nevada in 2013…. We look like we are having a lot of fun… because we are.
4. Fun Fact of Blarney:
I’ve been to Ireland- when I was 12 (ok, that’s not that fun of a fact).
My family and I kissed blarney stone (getting a little more fun).
My MOM, left her signature pink lipstick marks on it (she’s so fun… Go mom!).
And finally, the final St. Patrick’s Day Bullet (because it just seems weird to have a list with 4 things on it).
5. Hey, wanna hear a Limerick?
There once was a PR firm so glad
To have clients and friends so rad!
We feel lucky each day
And just had to say “Heeyyy”
Happy St. Paddy’s Day Lassies and Lad(s)
-I mean, I tried.
Oh and as for Stephanie (you know, the coworker who didn’t wear green today) yeah- she’s buying me a green beer later.
-Jill (PR Director and resident Irishlady at K. Sutherland PR)