St Patricks Day Trivia
St Patrick’s Day Trivia is a great way to get your Patty celebrating customers in the doors early and everyone having a good time. It’s time to dress up in green, eat green food, drink green drinks, and likely throw-up green ‘bits ‘n pieces’, as the Irish would say. We’ve put together some Irish trivia questions about Ireland as well as some thoughtful Irish proverbs.
“May ye enjoy St Patty’s Day with a belly full o’Guinness ‘n a twinkle in yer eye.”
Irish Trivia Questions
How long is the lease on the Guinness brewery in Dublin for?
- 9 years
- 90 years
- 900 years
- 9 000 years
Answer: D – They have a 9 000 year lease at a perpetual rate of 45 Irish pounds per year
TRUE OR FALSE – A group of farmers constructed a complete golf course by their hands, spades and rakes.
Answer: TRUE – County Mayo’s Carne Golf Links, which was built between 1987 and 1993
Muckanaghederdauhaulia is the name of what?
- The name of a mean and nasty leprechaun
- The longest river in Ireland
- The longest name of a town in Ireland
- A pray you say before getting into a bar fight
Answer: C – the name of a place in County Galway
The Irish have a tri-coloured flag of orange, white and green, what do they represent?
Answer: The Orange represents the protestants, the Green represents the Catholics, and the White represents HOPE that they will find peace between them
What is still the most tuned into radio show in Ireland?
- U2 fm
- The Obituaries broadcast
- The Catholic Hour
- The IRA report
Answer: B – The local obituaries broadcast is still the most widely listened to radio channel
Which non-sensical word was created by a Dublin man in a bet to see if he could create and spread a new word around town in 48 hours?
Have does the circle in the celtic cross represent?
Answer: A – the Irish pagan symbol of the sun was used to teach above the cross
TRUE OR FALSE – The Irish think it’s tradition to wear green on St Patricks Day?
Answer: FALSE – The traditional color was blue in St Patrick’s time. Then it changed to green, but most people don’t wear green and only pin a shamrock to their coat
What percentage of U.S. presidents have Irish ancestry?
Answer: B – 40%
What famous novel turned into a Hollywood film about a bloodsucker was written in a Dublin pub?
Answer: Bram Stoker was working in Dublin as a civil Servant when he wrote Dracula
Where was the very first St Patrick’s Day parade held?
- New York 1721
- Sydney 1798
- Montreal 1735
- Boston 1737
Answer: D – In Boston in 1737 by the Charitable Irish Society
TRUE OF FALSE – The Irish birthday tradition is to turn a child upside-down and bump their head on the floor for the number of years they are.
Answer: TRUE – Plus one more for good luck!
What became legal in 1997 in Ireland?
- Drinking age 16
- Marriage at 14
Answer: C – Divorce became legal in Ireland in 1997
Ireland’s national symbol is one-of-a-kind, what is it?
Answer: The Celtic Harp. Ireland is the only country in the world to use an instrument as a national symbol
What does it mean to “drown the shamrock”?
- To put shamrocks into your glass and drown them with whisky
- Down with the IRA
- Put hand-fulls of shamrock into the river to spread around Ireland
- The sound of an Irish crying
Answer: A – Drowning the shamrocks pinned to your coat at the end of St Patricks Day
If in a last name Mac means “Son of”, what does the “O” mean? For example: O’Reilly, O’Grady….
Answer: It means “Grandson of”
What Irish liqueur is the most popular in the world?
- Dooley’s Toffee Cream Liqueur
- Bailey’s Irish Cream
- Irish Mist
Answer: B – Bailey’s Irish Cream is the most popular liqueur in the world
TRUE OR FALSE – Is the potato native to Ireland?
Answer: FALSE – Sir Walter Raleigh, a British explorer, brought the potato to Ireland in 1589
Approximately how many pubs per person are there said to be to in Ireland
- 1 to every 100
- 1 to every 350
- 1 to every 750
- 1 to every 1000
Answer: B – 1 pub for every 350 people
Where was St Patrick from?
Answer: St Patrick was born in Wales into a wealthy roman-christian family and kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland
What does “Erin go Bragh” mean?
- Irish bragging rights
- Brave Irish
- Ireland Forever
- Go British
Answer: C – Ireland Forever
Where did the term “Paddy Wagon” come from?
Answer: If the drunk Irish were arrested, they’d all say their names were Paddy
Which Famous Actors said the following quotes?
“The Irish seem to have more fire about them than the Scots.”
Answer: Sean Connery
“I have a thing for red-haired Irish boys, as we know.”
Answer: Sandra Bullock
“I’m Irish. I think about death all the time.”
Answer: Jack Nicholson
“When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.”
Answer: Peter O’Toole
“I couldn’t care less about who sees my bits… My friends asked how I could do scenes like that and not get excited, but it wasn’t like that. My bits looked the size of a cashew nut!”
Answer: Colin Farrell
“Some mornings you wake up and think, gee I look handsome today. Other days I think, what am I doing in the movies? I wanna go back to Ireland and drive a forklift.”
Answer: Liam Neeson
“I had to have some balls to be Irish Catholic in South London. Most of that time I spent fighting.”
Answer: Pierce Brosnan
Don’t break your shin on a stool that is not in your way.
If you dig a grave for others, you might fall into it yourself.
A diplomat must always think twice before he says nothing.
What butter and whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for.
Never tell secrets to your relatives’ children.
May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.