These tidbits came from an article in the Minneapolis StarTribune (Monday, March 13, 2017):
“*March 17 was picked for St Patrick’s Day in the belief that’s the day the patron saint of Ireland died. But that’s not certain. In fact, historians aren’t even in agreement on what year he died, other than that it was sometime in the last third of the fifth century.
*His real name was Maewyn Succat. He took the name Patrick when he became a priest.
*There are more Americans of Irish descent – about 35 million – than there are Irish of Irish descent, a tad under 5 million.”
Happy St Patrick’s Day to all!