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Who Was St. Patrick?

Tomorrow many will dress in green or risk being pinched as part of the St. Patrick’s Day tradition. But who was St. Patrick and what part of the colorful holiday started in the United States? Are you one to believe he drove snakes out of Ireland? Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel The History Channel for some insight on the holiday and St. Patrick himself.

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

The color green has flooded the office today, but the festive color isn’t the only tradition associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Have you decided what you are cooking for dinner tonight? Will you stick with Corned Beef and Cabbage or mix it up with something else? Great Plains Communications has teamed up with our cable channel, Food Network to provide three recipes to keep in mind this St. Patrick’s Day.

 

Corned Beef and Cabbage

If you are looking for a different spin on the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage, try Melissa d’Arabian’s recipe and add some stout beer along with fresh herbs to add depth to your corned beef.

 

Shepherd’s Pie

Not only does Melissa d’Arabian provide some money saving tips, but this recipe for Shepherd’s Pie is another delicious option this St. Patrick’s Day with the melding of flavors inside from the vegetables and beef, to the mashed potato topping.

 

Double Jack Stew

As something a little different from the traditional, Guy Fieri has his Double Jack Stew full of vegetables and hanger steak that’s been marinated in a combination of mustard, beer, Applejack, Jack Daniels and garlic to add a unique layer of flavor to the stew.

 

Whatever you decide to make or how you celebrate the day, Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day.

5 Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s Day

No matter if you are 100% Irish, 10% Irish, or just enjoy the land of Saints and Scholars, St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday enriched with history and culture. Great Plains Communications wants to highlight five fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day and the origin of the holiday.

  1. St. Patrick, in which the holiday was named after, was not even Irish. He was in fact born in Britain around A.D. 390. At a young age, Patrick showed no desire for Christianity or religion. It wasn’t until he was kidnapped and forced to tend sheep as a slave in the countryside of Ireland, that his strong Christian beliefs took root.
  2. The myth of St. Patrick driving away all the snakes of Ireland is just that, a myth. According to National Geographic, the myth is said to have developed through a metaphor representing Patrick ridding the country of its “old, evil, pagan ways”. There were in fact no snakes to begin with, due to the frigid cold of the island.
  3. The parties and green overload started in America, not Ireland. What started as a small religious holiday in the 18th and 19th century in Ireland, took on a whole transformation with the migration of Irish immigrants to America. They showed their pride and celebrated their home country on March 17. The popularity of the holiday didn’t find its way to non-Irish Americans until well into the 20th Century.
  4. The three-leaf shamrock is more than a decal. It is said that the three-leaf clover, or shamrock, originated when St. Patrick used it in explaining the Christian Holy Trinity. However, there is no evidence to support this legend and others believe it was due to their annual spring budding.
  5. Corned beef and cabbage is more of an American dish than Irish. When many think of St. Patrick’s Day, the traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage comes to mind. However, beef was not often used in Gaelic Ireland, but more often pig was in its place. The true Irish dish still today is made up of either lamb or bacon with cabbage. 

St. Patrick’s Day 2012

Whether you’re the type who celebrates St. Patrick’s Day at 6 a.m. or someone who prefers to keep it low-key on the day of green, we’ve got you covered with some great Irish recipes, parties and more.

Recipes:

One of the best parts of the Food Network is FoodNetwork.com.  This St. Patrick’s Day, make your own corned beef with this easy recipe!  If you’re looking for a little more of a challenge, they also have a fantastic Irish Stew recipe.

Parties:

St. Patrick’s is on a Saturday this year, which means that it’s the perfect year to go to O’Neill, NE and experience one of Nebraska’s best St. Paddy’s Day celebrations.  This annual celebration draws visitors from around the country.  O’Neill is also “Home of the World’s Largest Shamrock!”

More:

We shared this last year, but it drew such interest that we decided to share it again:

Huskers vs. Notre Dame and the tail of two wives. –

Pre WWII, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln Cornhuskers actually shared a bitter rivalry with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.  The two teams played each other nearly every year beginning in 1915 and continued through the famed “Four Horseman” era of Notre Dame’s history.  The Four Horsemen’s only loss came to Nebraska.

The story goes that the rivalry officially ended when USC went looking for a national rival.  The wife of the USC head coach convinced the wife of then Notre Dame coach, Knute Rockne, to push for a USC rivalry since it included a bi-annual trip to sunny Los Angeles.

Does your town have a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day celebrations?  Let us know in the comments section.

St. Patrick’s Day in Nebraska

 

It’s St. Patrick’s Day!  We’re celebrating by sharing some fun St. Patty’s Day facts from around our favorite state.

The dueling St. Patrick’s Days –

O’Neill, Nebraska was decreed the “Irish Capitol of Nebraska” in 1969 by then Governor Norbert Tiemann.  The town is home to the world’s largest shamrock and has an annual festival with its own nationally renowned dance troupe.

O’Neill faces competition from neighboring town, Wisner, that also has an annual St. Patrick’s Day parade to celebrate the town’s Irish heritage.  This St. Patty’s Day will mark the 15th anniversary of the Wisner Heritage Museum.  Both celebrations are held the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day.

Large Irish Population –

In the city of Greeley, Nebraska more than 40% of residents still claim Irish heritage, which according to the Greeley Irish Festival website, makes it one of the most Irish cities in America.

Huskers vs. Notre Dame and the tail of two wives. –

Pre WWII, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln Cornhuskers actually shared a bitter rivalry with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.  The two teams played each other nearly every year beginning in 1915 and continued through the famed “Four Horseman” era of Notre Dame’s history.  The Four Horsemen’s only loss came to Nebraska. 

The story goes that the rivalry officially ended when USC went looking for a national rival.  The wife of the USC head coach convinced the wife of then Notre Dame coach, Knute Rockne, to push for a USC rivalry since it included a bi-annual trip to sunny Los Angeles.

Does your town have a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day celebrations?  Let us know in the comments section.