17 March: A Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

17 March: A Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

As ever with our devotional threads to mark a Feast Day, feel free to share your favourite hymns and prayers, stories and experiences. And a few jokes won’t go astray either. Here’s one that made me laugh, albeit having a bit of fun with the (entirely false) claim that our Irish friends are less than bright …

The BBC decided to make a news report on how thick the Irish are,  so they went to Dublin and set out a massive stage in the middle of the city. Cameras lights and everything. Before they started the report, a huge crowd gathered, very excitable.  So the presenter got up on the stage and said down the mic: “I need a volunteer!” and he points to a man in the crowd and says: “What’s your name sir?”

“Sean” the man replied. “OK Sean, come up on stage”.  So he goes up and stands where he is asked to stand. “OK Sean, I’m going to ask you a short easy question, what’s 5+9?” “Oooo,  I know this to be sure I do, that’ll be 7.” “No, that’s wrong Sean.”

The crowd went wild shouting and screaming: “We’re not tick, we’re not tick, give him another chance! “

“OK,  I’ll give him another question: “What’s 5+3?”

“I know this one, that’s simple, that’ll be 9.” 

“Sorry, Sean, wrong..; ”   We’re not tick, we’re not tick, give him another chance!

“OK, one last question:  What’s 2+2?”

“I know this to be sure, I do, that’ll be 4”. 

And the crowd shouts, “Give him another chance!”

Happy St Patrick’s day!

Comments (17)

  • editor

    I remember this lovely hymn to Our Lady of Knock from last year so couldn’t resist posting it…

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm6ss1PBC1Q&w=854&h=480%5D

    March 17, 2017 at 1:36 am
  • Margaret USA

    Dear Madame Editor,

    This is funny, but has a very sober moral to it:

    One night, a man goes into a bar, sits by himself, buys 3 beers, pays his bill and leaves. He does this punctually every week. Now the bartender is getting curious. All the man does is buy 3 beers every week. So he resolves to talk to the man on his next visit to his bar.

    Like clockwork, the man shows up and buys his three beers. The bartender comes up to him and asks him why he orders three beers every week. The man replied: “My two brothers and I would have a drink together every week. One is in a penal colony in Australia, and the other is in South Africa. We vowed that wherever we were, we’d have a drink together. Since my brothers aren’t here, this is how I remember them.” The bartender was quite pleased at his fraternal loyalty, and the other customers were impressed as well. Soon he became known as “the man who drinks three beers.”

    One winter day, the man comes in as usual but this time he orders two (2) beers. The next week, he comes in again and orders two (2) beers. The bartender is quite surprised. The man only ordered two beers. Why? he wondered. All of a sudden, the thought came to him: One of the man’s brothers must have died. Of course! That must be it! How could he have been so insensitive? He must offer his condolences at once.

    The man comes in to the bar at his usual time and the bartender immediately says to him: “Please accept my sincerest condolences on the death of your brother.” “My brother?”, replied the man. “Oh, my brothers are fine. It’s just that I decided to give up drinking for Lent.”

    The moral of this anecdote is literally and figuratively sobering. In his own eyes he’s giving up drinking for Lent, but he is still drinking! This is an example of spiritual blindness.

    Apologies to everyone in Australia and South Africa – I Tyler this from memory and did not want to offend anyone. (I’m not good at telling jokes.)

    March 17, 2017 at 3:05 am
  • editor

    Margaret USA,

    That’s very funny. I wouldn’t read anything into it – it’s just a typical “Irish joke” and my own Irish family members and friends thoroughly enjoy them. They are an affectionate way of teasing the Irish and are not meant maliciously. Just a bit of fun. A bit like the mean Scot jokes. No balanced person takes these jokes in any other way but as a bit of light relief.

    On the serious side, we should pray for Ireland today, given that it is no longer a Catholic country. Hopefully, as part of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady that will change and the Faith in Ireland will be restored, but at the moment, it is sad to see the spiritual, religious and moral decline of that once great Catholic land.

    St Patrick, pray for us!

    March 17, 2017 at 9:38 am
  • Helen

    Happy saint Patrick’s Day to one and all!

    My forebears were Irish and I’ve never understood just what happened to that once great Catholic nation. How, I wonder, did Catholicity simply disappear in a generation? My great aunt was telling me that, once upon a time, nearly every person sang from the same hymn sheet. Did they change the hymn sheet or what? She worked in London and she said that, on a Sunday, the (almost) entire Irish diaspora attended Mass come what may. Changed times indeed, and not for the better!

    March 17, 2017 at 9:50 am
  • Josephine

    Happy St Patrick’s Day!

    I LOVE the two videos. Gorgeous hymns.

    March 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm
    • Laura


      I love the two videos as well. They are just beautiful.

      Happy St Patrick’s day!

      March 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm
  • Josephine

    I forgot to say that I also love the jokes! LOL!

    March 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm
    • Laura

      Oops! LOL! Me, too, I also loved the jokes! I must see if I can find one before close-down!

      March 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    Q: What do you call an Irish fella trying to break up a fight?
    A: Liam Malone


    Happy Feast of St Patrick everyone!

    March 17, 2017 at 9:07 pm
    • Michaela

      LOL! I forgot to say in my first post that I love the jokes as well!

      I also forgot to say “Happy Feast Day!”

      March 17, 2017 at 9:18 pm
    • Laura

      Q: How can you tell if an Irishman is having a good time?

      A: He’s Dublin over with laughter. 😀

      March 17, 2017 at 9:53 pm
  • Michaela

    I really love that hymn to Our Lady of Knock – it’s beautiful and I also enjoyed the Three Tenors singing Hail Glorious Saint Patrick. I wonder how many of the Irish really still have the faith? There’s not a lot of the younger generation got it by the goings on in this video. Students of Trinity College Dublin are going wild celebrating a Hindu Spring festival


    March 17, 2017 at 9:14 pm
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      Probably the only good thing about that video is at least it’s not Ramadan. So in all Irish Humour a suppose someone will come up with all the students enjoying Vindaloos. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day . God Bless .

      March 17, 2017 at 9:44 pm
  • crofterlady

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to poor Saint Patrick, patron saint to the godless Ireland he once evangelised.

    March 17, 2017 at 9:25 pm
  • gabriel syme

    A very happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone.

    March 17, 2017 at 9:45 pm
  • Laura

    The LGBT fanatics are out to spoil the St Patrick’s Day parade (on Sunday) in Boston, USA.

    God help Ireland!

    Happy St Patrick’s day, to all CT bloggers.

    March 17, 2017 at 9:49 pm
  • editor

    Thank you to all who contributed to this St Patrick’s Day thread – St Patrick being my patron saint, I’ve had a great day, not least reading the comments here. The thread is now closed to comments, so until next year… 😀

    God bless you all.

    March 17, 2017 at 11:23 pm

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