Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone and here off pat around the world we celebrate you if you’re from a town called Patrick.
And there are surprisingly few too.
There are only eight Patricks across three countries.
And even more startlingly none are in the country where St Patrick is most celebrated, Ireland.
But in an island in the Irish Sea, all right, the Isle of Man.
Patrick (population 1,576) is in fact more of a parish, in the west of the isle, than a town.
The Isle of Man, of course, is a well-trodden soil for the Irish…
And the craic there is always 80.
He picked up a handful of earth and chucked it at him…
The sod created the Isle of Man and the crater he left behind is now Lough Neagh.
Moving on, and such was the footprint that the Irish have left on the USA that you won’t be surprised to see some Patricks there.
Off Pat in the USA
And so you’ll see a Patrick in Mississippi, Nevada, Arkansas, South Carolina, Kentucky and Texas.
Whisper it but the Patrick commemorated isn’t our snake-chasing saint.
The Nevada one is an American soldier Patrick McCarran, who bought the land and also begat a US senator.
The Texas a postmaster Patrick Gallagher.
Both obvs Irish-American.
Now we can only imagine Patrick and its region St Patrick (see we got one) in Lesotho is the Irish missionary influence in Africa.
The land-locked mountainous country is completely encircled by South Africa.
But it is timely to mention that it resisted the interference of South Africa and continues to do so.e
Even if it that means a continuing water dispute.
Water of the good life
Of course, today is more about the Guinness than the water.
And so if you’re a Patrick, come from a place called Patrick, or a region St Patrick’s.
As in the region north-west of Sir Grantley Adams Airport, Barbados.
Then you’ve got an extra reason to celebrate today on St Patrick’s Day.
We celebrate you if you’re from a town called Patrick.