Saint Patrick:The patron saint of Ireland
St. Patrick's Day:It's also known as March 17.
March:St. Patrick's Day falls in this month.
Ireland:Saint Patrick is its patron saint.
Kathy Ireland:She's not Irish, she's a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue super model.
Pierce Brosnan:Handsome Irish actor who was a suave, sophisticated 007.
Bob Geldof:lead singer of Irish punk rockers, The Boomtown Rats, and organizer of Band Aid and Live Aid
Oscar Wilde:Irish writer of "The Picture of Dorian Gray", "The Importance of Being Earnest", and "A true friend stabs you in the front."
brogue:a strong accent, especially an Irish one
Erin Go Bragh:Ireland Forever!
Kiss Me, I'm Irish!:Seen on many a T-shirt on March 17
Irish jig:Step lively for this folk dance.
Fighting Irish:They take the field for Notre Dame.
Riverdance:Irish stepdancing takes the stage in this theatrical production
Irish step dance:Popularized in Riverdance, with quick legs and still upper body
Irish Diaspora:The many millions who emigrated from Ireland and their descendants, many as a result of the Great Potato Famine
Republic of Ireland:The sovereign state that occupies the largest part of the island of Ireland
Northern Ireland:One of the four countries of the United Kingdom
Celtic harp:This stringed folk instrument is a symbol of Ireland
Wearing of the green:Sporting a shamrock
green beer:beverage of choice on March 17
green:Environmentally-friendly, rabbit food, cash, lacking in experience, or "I'm Irish!"
Irish Potato Famine:Catastrophic period of mass starvation in Ireland from 1845 to 1852 caused by crop failures due to a potato blight
leprechaun:A little old man of Irish folklore who has a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
rainbow:You'll find a leprechaun's pot of gold at the end of this
shillelagh:You wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of a blow from this Irish walking stick or cudgel
banshee:If you hear somebody scream or wail like this it's not a good sign at all.
whiskey:It's what brings Tim Finnegan back to life in the ballad Finnegan's Wake
Blarney Stone:Kiss it and you'll have the gift of gab.
gift of gab:What you get when you kiss the Blarney Stone.
Blarney Stone:It's reputed to be the most unhygienic tourist attraction in the world - kiss it at your peril.
Gaelic:What they spoke in old Ireland
shamrock:It's three-leafed, green and a symbol of Ireland.
Emerald Isle:Its lush landscape earned Ireland this nickname.
Irish coffee:Add a dollop of Irish whiskey and little sugar to hot coffee, top with cream, and you get this.
Irish stew:It's a thick, hearty, well-cooked mixture of lamb or mutton, potatoes and other vegetables.
Irish Setter:Sports a long glossy red-brown coat and was bred to be a bird hunter
Irish Wolfhound:It's the tallest of all dog breeds.
Irish blessing:A familiar one begins, "May the road rise to meet you."
Baileys Irish Cream:An Irish whiskey and cream-based liqueur
Chicago River:It's one of the most notable things that's traditionally dyed green on St. Patrick's Day.
Celtic Tiger:The Irish economic boom period of the 1990s that was tamed by the late-2000s recession
Dublin:The capital of the Republic of Ireland
Belfast:The capital of Northern Ireland
Luck of the Irish:Whether it's good or bad is debatable.