I was very curious about how much relation there was with Shakespeare and St. Patrick. So I did a little research, thank you Google. Turns out that Shakespeare’s more commonly associated with St. Patrick’s with drinking and anything else. However, other then a number of bars that are called Shakespeare that have St. Patty day bands and drinks, which by the way, looks like a lot of fun, Shakespeare did mention Saint Patrick in Hamlet. The following quotation:
Horatio. These are but wild and whirling words, my lord.
Hamlet. I’m sorry they offend you, heartily;
Yes, ‘faith heartily.
Horatio. There’s no offence, my lord.
Hamlet. Yes, by Saint Patrick, but there is, Horatio,
And much offence too.
– Hamlet (1.5.134-139)
To read more about Shakespeare and St. Patrick, check out the following links:
Folk-lore about Shakespeare with other saints as well
As for other items with Shakespeare and St. Patricks, well… there were these pretzel sticks… enjoy!
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