Saint Patrick's Day Quiz - Answers

Published: Monday 15th February 2010A celebration of all things Irish
  1. St. Patrick was born in 347 AD in the Roman settlement of Banna Venta Berniae, but in what modern country is that thought to be in? Either Scotland or Wales.
  2. According to the legend, how did St. Patrick drive the snakes from Ireland? By banging a drum
  3. What did St. Patrick use to teach the Irish about the Holy Trinity? He used the shamrock
  4. In which cathedral is St. Patrick said to be buried? Down Cathedral, Downpatrick, County Down.
  5. In addition to being Patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick is also the Patron Saint of Engineers and which West African nation? Nigeria.
  6. St. Patrick's Day is an official holiday in both Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland, but on which Caribbean island is March 17th also celebrated as a holiday? The island of Monserrat, which has a large Irish population. It also commemorates a slave uprising on the same day.
  7. The first celebration of St. Patrick's day in the USA took place in 1737, in which city? Boston.
  8. In which year did the first St. Patrick's Day parade take place in New York City? 1762.
  9. The river in which North American city is dyed green each March 17th? The river Chicago, in Chicago.
  10. Saint Patrick's Day occurs on March 17th each year, but why was it moved to March 15th in 2008? It was moved to avoid a clash with Holy week.
  11. What did the Toronto Saint Patricks become on February 14th 1927? They changed their name to the Toronto Maple Leafs playing Ice Hockey in the NHL.
  12. The phrase "Eire go brach" is often heard on St. Patrick's day, what does it mean? It roughly translates to Ireland Forever.
  13. What are the four provinces of Ireland? Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster.
  14. Name the four Irish counties that begin with the letter W. Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.?
  15. What is the longest river in Ireland? River Shannon.
  16. Where in Ireland would you find the "Book Of Kells"? Trinity College, Dublin.
  17. Legend has it that if you kiss the blarney stone you will have the gift of the gab. In which Irish county would you find the Blarney stone? County Cork.
  18. Born in Dublin in 1856 which Irish playwright has won both the Nobel Prize for literature and a Oscar? George Bernard Shaw, he won the Nobel prize in 1925 and was awarded the Oscar in 1938 for best adapted screenplay (Pygmalion)
  19. Jonathan Swift, the Dean of St. Patrick's in Dublin, wrote what famous Children's novel? Gulliver's Travels
  20. In which county do "The mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea"? County Down.
  21. At the annual Puck Fair in Killorglin, what animal is crowned King Puck? A goat.
  22. What is the name of Michael Flatley's celebration of Irish dance, originally staged as the interval entertainment at the 1994 Eurovision song contest? Riverdance.
  23. Which film starring John Wayne is set in the Irish town of Innisfree? The Quiet Man.
  24. Which former winner of the Eurovision song contest ran for Irish president in 1997? Dana (Rosemary Scallon).
  25. What spirit is used in Irish coffee? Irish Whiskey.

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