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St. Patrick's Day Irish Glossary


If you don't know a shillelagh from a Shamrock, this page should help you get your green on for St. Patrick's Day and not sound like a complete Mickey! Click on the links for more information.


  • Corned Beef and Cabbage - The traditional main meal of the Irish on St. Patrick's Day
  • Erin go Bragh or the Irish language phrase, Éirinn go Brách, means "Ireland forever" in Gaelic.and is used to express allegiance to Ireland.
  • Guinness - An Irish beer, specifically a stout, a dark, strong flavored beer.
  • Leprechaun -  small Irish fairies from Irish folklore,Leprechaun ill artlibre jnl.png dressed like the bearded Keebler elves, about three feet high, with pointed shoes green vest and hat.
  • Shamrock - a 3-leaf clover common in Ireland
  • Shillelagh - a walking stick carried by a leprechaun (pronounced shill-lay-lee).
  • Sláinte -  Sláinte is the Gaelic word for health;  so "good health!"