McGettigan’s  Clarke Quay is the only place in Singapore to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  McGettigan’s is an Irish Pub and Restaurant known for bringing the best Irish music, comedy and entertainment acts. Located in the vibrant,  nightlife hotspot of Clarke Quay. The place is open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks, providing a lively nightlife and entertainment hub where guests can enjoy their award winning Irish cuisine while enjoying the live music acts performing on various nights throughout the week.



Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

  • St. Patrick was a patron of Ireland.
  • St. Patrick was born in Bannavem Taberniae England around 386AD.
  • He died on March 17th 460 AD
  • St. Patrick’s Day or also known as St. Patrick Feast Day is celebrated on March 17th in honour of the anniversary of his death.
  • St. Patrick’s Feast Day become an office celebration in the 17th century. The celebration observed by the Catholic Church, Anglican Communion Church, Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church.
  • At the age of 16 St. Patrick  sold into slavery. He brought to Ireland and worked as a shepherd.
  • At the age of 22 he escaped slavery.
  • He dedicated himself to the Christian religion. He studied in a monastery of Learns off the coast of France and in France with Saint Germanius a French Bishop.
  • St. Patrick returned to Ireland in his 30’s.
  • He is credited for bringing Christianity to Ireland
  • Legend says that St. Patrick used shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish. He used the clover to represent three separate parts ( 3 leaves of the clover) of the same being. The first leaf was God the Father, second leaf the Son and the third leaf the Holy Spirit.
  • The shamrock is now the official flower of Ireland.
  • The highest number of leaves around on a shamrock clover was 14, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • Legend says that finding a four-leaf clover on St. Patrick’s Day will bring you luck. Each clover leaf represents something different. First leaf represents hope, second leaf represents faith, third leaf represents love and the fourth leaf represents luck.
  • There are many legends about St. Patrick. One story states that he drove all the snakes out of Ireland. He didn’t really drive snakes out of Ireland. The snakes represent the pagans he converted to Christianity.
  • The original color of St. Patrick was blue. In Irish legends and stories green worn by fairies and immortals. It was also believed that wearing green would help make a good growing season for their crops in Ireland. Green became the color for St. Patrick’s Day in the early 19th century.
  • The harp is the symbol of Ireland.
  • The color green represents Ireland. Ireland is called “The Emerald Isle”.
  • The Irish flag is green, white and orange. Green represents the people of the South, Orange represents the people of the North and White represents the peace that brings the North and South together.
  • Dublin is the capital of Ireland.
  • In Dublin they celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day Festival March 15th-19th.
  • During the St. Patrick’s Day Festival there is a parade, carnival, treasure hunt and dances.
  • In Ireland people wear shamrocks on their jackets and hats. Children wear green, white and orange (colors of their flag) and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.
  • Leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore.
  • leprechaun’s are part of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Tuatara De Danann are a race of people of Irish Mythology.
  • Legend says that leprechaun’s spend all their time making shoes. They store their coins in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If a leprechaun caught by a human they have special powers to grant that human three wishes. Once those wishes  granted the human has to let the leprechaun go.
  • St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are held not only in Ireland but around the world in countries such as Canada, Japan, Montserrat (an island in the Caribbean), New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Great Britain, Argentina, Switzerland, South Korea and United States.
  • 34 million American are part Irish. That is more than in the amount of people living in the country of Ireland!
  • Boston Massachusetts has the highest population of Irish people in the United States.
  • There are many St.Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States.
  • Many states have parades. The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was not in Ireland but in Boston. The Boston parade started in 1737!
  • In Chicago the Chicago River is temporarily dyed green in honour of St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Corned beef and cabbage is an Irish American dish.
  • 41.4 billion pounds of beef produced each year for St. Patrick’s Day. Most of the beef comes from Texas.
  • 2.5 billion pounds of cabbage is grown for St. Patrick’s Day. The cabbage mostly comes from California.



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  1. Looks like a fun time! I think I drink one Guinness a year and it’s on St. Patrick’s Day. Loved all the fun facts too.

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