Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St Patrick's Day


Unless you're Catholic, you should be sportin' the Irish Orange today. Go ahead and pinch me.


Protestant Irish have been known as "orange" ever since 1690 when William of Orange (William III), the King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, defeated King James II, a Roman Catholic, in the Battle of the Boyne near Dublin. William's victory would ensure Protestant military dominance on the island and has been a source of tension ever since. Although the "Orange" in William's name actually referred to a province in southern France, the color reference stuck. This is why orange now appears in the Irish flag - to symbolize the Protestant minority in Ireland.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Otter said...

But St Patrick's Day is a celebration of St Patrick, who brought Christianity to the island of Ireland. And he was a Catholic.

12:58 AM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

Uh huh, way to pee on the parade otter...the celebration of St Patrick's Day is a truly bi-partisan effort where two sides who have disagreed for centuries come together worldwide for one joyous day... and invite all faiths including non-believers to join in, and you have to try and ruin it by starting a brawl.

What are you Scottish or something?

9:58 AM  
Blogger Otter said...

oddly, I'm Irish-German. mostly Irish though.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

that was a joke.
You know, "if it's Scottish.. it's crap"... ? SNL?

Anyway, I heard that Obama is Irish too.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Otter said...

Oh ok. I don't watch much of that show much anymore. It has gotten really lame.

I seriously doubt that man has any Mic in him.

But he has apparently been a Special Olympian.

On an unrelated note, did you see the comment over on the abortion thread that I did end up going to that "prayer vigil" outside a P.P. clinic this past Tuesday?

5:02 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

I think it was Mike Meyers skit on SNL.

anyway seriously dude, Obama is Irish

no... I thought it was next Tuesday for some reason. I will pop over and check it out, thanks man.

5:24 PM  

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