St. Patty or St. Pasquale?

Was St. Patrick really Italian and not Irish?

Every year I do a post on St. Paddy to bust the gooluines of all my Irish friends that still believe St. Paddy was Irish.  Excerpts of this are from a post  I did 4 years ago.


Most probably this is going to really piss off a lot of the staunch, devoted Irishmen to find out after all these years that they have been worshiping St. Patrick as their patron saint, assuming he was Irish, only to find out Patty boy was really an Italian. Ma Ma Mia!!

I know Bill O’Reilly will be shaken to the core.

Yes, Saint Patrick was Italian by heritage. His parents, Calphurnius and Conchessa, were Roman (Italian) citizens living in Britain, most likely Scotland. Calpurnius, Patrick’s father, was a high Roman diplomat living in England, but a Roman citizen.

His area was captured at one point by the Irish and he was forced into slavery. At 21 years old, he escaped slavery. He made his way  back to Rome to find that most of the Roman empire had been lost. After some time he felt that God was calling him back to Ireland. He spent 10 years in France studying religion when the Pope (Celestine) made him a Bishop. He later became known as the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated every March 17.

As the legend goes; what St Patrick was really renowned or famous for was driving all the snakes from Ireland.


I hope this revelation that Paddy was Italian does not send some Irish people over the edge and cause them to do something foolish and drink a couple cases of Stout.


So my dear Irish friends; top of the morning to you all, Erin go Bragh, bottoms up and do not despair, we still love you.

I will leave you with a few old school Irish slangs for your enlightenment.

Word or phrases of Irish slang:

Word or phrase Example Meaning
Acting the maggot He was just acting the maggot as usual Behaving foolishly, annoyingly
Bags He made a bags of doing it Messy inadequate job (see names)
Banjaxed It was banjaxed beyond all help Broken, can also mean tired
Bold You are a very bold boy Naughty
Crack, craic We had great craic that night Hard to translate, roughly meaning fun
Culchies The culchies were all over the place Rural people, usually used disparagingly by city people
Cute hoor I always knew he was a cute hoor Untrustworthy male person, often a politician
Desperate The place is in a desperate state Bad, needing attention
Drawers Her drawers were the size of Cork Knickers, panties
Eat the head off I’ll eat the head off her Attack verbally
Eejit You’re a right eejit Idiot, fool
Fair play Fair play to you Indicates approval of someone’s actions or opinions
Feck Feck off, fecking thing, feck-all Polite(-ish) version of other F word
Fella Come here young fella Male person, also used for boyfriend
Flitters The dog left the shirt in flitters Tatters
Fluthered He was fluthered again Drunk
Foostering Just foostering about Not getting much done, fussing
Full shilling He’s not the full shilling Mentally competent
Gas We had a bit of gas that day Fun, enjoyment
Giving out The teacher was always giving out to the class Scolding.
Gob He never shuts his gob Mouth
Gobdaw That fella’s a right gobdaw Fool, idiot
Gom You’re just acting the gom Fool, idiot
Guff Don’t give me any of your guff Idle talk or excuses
Gur He’s been on gur since Saturday Staying away from home, usually a child
Hames You made a terrible hames of that Messy inadequate job (see bags)
Header Keep away from that header Mentally unstable person
Holliers Two weeks holliers for me Holidays, vacation time
Holy show You made a holy show of yourself Spectacle
Hop He’s been on the hop since Tuesday Playing truant from school
Horse’s hoof That’s a bit of a horse’s hoof I think Spoof, exaggerated story
Hump off Would you ever hump off? Go away, leave me alone
Jackeens The jackeens think they’re smart Dublin person, usually used disparagingly by culchies
Jacks I’m just off to the jacks Toilet, restroom
Jaded We’re all jaded after it Tired, exhausted
Kibosh He put the kibosh on it Added the last straw, completely banjaxed something
Langered/Langers We were all langers Drunk
Letting on I was just letting on Pretending
Mary Hick That dress is really Mary Hick Unfashionable, drab
Messages I have to get the messages Groceries
Mooching He’s mooching again for money Sponging, almost begging
Mot Have you got a mot? Girlfriend
One Some oul’ one told her Female person
Pictures Want to come to the pictures? Movies, Cinema
Puck He got a puck in the gob Sharp blow
Puss She’d a right puss on her Face, usually sulky
Reddener She took a reddener when she saw him Blush (see Scarlet)
Reef I’ll reef him when I see him Attack, non-verbal
Scarlet I’m scarlet for you Blushing, often in sympathy with a friend’s reddener
Scratcher He’s always in the scratcher Bed
Scrawbed Her face was all scrawbed Scratched by fingernails
Shook He was very shook looking Pale, ill, scared
Slagging I’m only slagging you Making fun of someone, generally good-naturedly
Sleeveen She’s a bit of a sleeveen Sly person, calculating
Stocious He was stocious this evening Drunk



We are not really certain if PUT-EM UP is really Irish.

Without the immigrants like the Irish, Italians and the rest of the well-intended people that crossed the pond to the USA in the late 1800 – early 1900, bringing with them the solid traditions they were raised with in the old country, the USA would never be the country it is today.

I would love to see some of those OLD SCHOOL traditions come back. They are what made our country great.

In those days, before the insanity took hold in this world, the initials PC stood for Pasta Carbonara.



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2 Responses to St. Patty or St. Pasquale?

  1. Brittius says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
    (A) Born in Italy:
    (B) Romans invented kilt:
    (C) Romans invented Bagpipes:
    (D) Romans invented Firefighting:

    Romans were in Ireland and England, and both those peoples loved the Roman way of life and adapted it. I marched in several St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NYC. It’s not what is green or beer or boiled potatoes. What counts is what’s in a person’s heart.

    • Mr. B
      I would drink to that if I still drank.
      The Europeans that put their lives on the line when they crossed the pond for a better life are definitely the people that set the standards for the way we USED to live. Sad to say, we will never see those traditions after my generation gets the lid slammed in our faces.

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