St. PaDDy’s Day NOT St. PaTTy’S Day!! Greetings my North American Cairde (Canada you’re not off the hook!) - Cairde is the Irish for friends pronounced uh KHAR-uh-juh!
As my tenth anniversary being a Los Angeleno just passed I feel I should help you out this month (and ease every Irish persons’ frustration) and make it clear that March 17th is referred to as St. Patrick’s Day or St. PaDDy’s Day AND NOT St. PaTTy’S Day!!
Here is why:
St. Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland and March 17th is a cultural and religious day to celebrate the believed day he passed (c. AD 385–461).
The Irish for Patrick is Pádraig hence it shortened to PaDDy not PaTTy.
A wise man called Marcus Campbell said:
“Paddy is derived from the Irish, Pádraig: the source of those mysterious, emerald double-Ds.
Patty is the diminutive of Patricia, or a burger, and just not something you call a fella.
There isn’t a sinner in Ireland that would refer to a Patrick as “Patty”. It’s as simple as that.”
A big tradition on March 17th is a St. Patrick’s Day parade. IDA Ireland are bringing a unique twist to this during #SXSW on Saturday March 12th at 6.45pm-7.30pm and showcasing ‘Macnas’ - an Irish street theatre performance involving magical animals, fire and dance on 6th Street - Burning Man style! It’ll be the only parade in Austin this March so it’s a must see.
Another TIP for anyone looking to score points with an Irish lad or lass on St. PaDDy’s day – wish them a ‘Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh’ – pronounced ‘La ale-lah pwad-rig son-ah jeev’. Come find us and we’ll tell you what it means!
And remember Mr. Campbell’s simple rules when heading out in your green finery this ST PADDY’S DAY:
“It’s Paddy, not Patty. Ever.
Saint Patrick’s Day? Grand.
Paddy’s Day? Sure, dead-on.
St. Pat’s? If ye must.
St. Patty? No, ye goat!”
IDA Ireland's Emerging Business Team