March 17 2016 - 1:00PM Things you mightn't know about Ireland and St Patrick’s Day Local NewsfacebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentComments Things you mightn't know about Ireland and St Patrick’s Day Courtney Flack, Tom Bassinger, Matt Thompson, Jess Sunada and Dave Kennewell ready to rock St Pat's Day at the North Nowra Tavern.It’s an offence to be drunk in a public place in Ireland. Police can issue an on-the-spot fine to anyone caught sloshed in public.It’s an offence to be drunk in a public place in Ireland. Police can issue an on-the-spot fine to anyone caught sloshed in public.The Irish state pays people to have babies. Parents can pocket $150 a month until the little cherubs turn 18.Playboy was banned in Ireland up until 1995 – the magazine that is – you could watch Playboy TV.If you’re 66 years old or more you can travel for free in Ireland under the Free Travel Scheme.The word boycott originated in Ireland. The town of Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo began a campaign of isolation against a nasty land agent called Charles Cunningham Boycott who worked for the third Lord Erne.The national symbol of Ireland is the shamrock right? Wrong – it’s the harp and Ireland is the only country with a musical instrument as its symbol. The shamrock is associated with Ireland as its said to symbolise the Holy Trinity.The phrase “drowning the shamrock” comes from the custom of floating a shamrock in whiskey before drinking it. It’s said to bring a prosperous year.The original colour of Saint Patrick was blue. As it shifted from its religious roots to being a celebration of all things Irish, the colours to symbolise the day became green.People all over the world enjoy getting into the St Patrick’s Day spirit, but it’s a public holiday in only three places – Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador and a Caribbean nation called Montserrat which was founded by Irish settlers. If you want to shorten the name Patrick – better make it Paddy – not Patty, which is a woman’s name.Saint Patrick was actually born in Great Britain named Maewyn Succat. He was kidnapped and sold into slavery by Irish marauders at 16 and came to Christianity during this time. When he escaped he became a priest and returned to Ireland to introduce Christianity to the Irish Celts.It is said Saint Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick in Ireland on March 17, hence this is the date celebrated. The year is less certain and could be somewhere between 460 to 493.Some interesting things have happened on March 17 in the Shoalhaven’s history. In 1917 an elephant called Jessie, which was a part of a circus visiting Nowra, decided she’d had enough and plonked herself down in the middle of Nowra bridge. Traffic had to be stopped as horses wouldn’t go near Jessie. Every attempt to move her failed, including the idea to have steamship Bermagui come alongside the bridge and hoist the elephant. However, the ship became stuck on a sandbank. Somebody thought to bring another elephant alongside Jessie and seeing her mate; she got up and continued walking. TweetFacebook of facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentCommentsFollow us Comments Discuss "Things you mightn't know about Ireland and St Patrick’s Day" Please note: All comments made or shown here are bound by the Online Discussion Terms & Conditions.