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Shakespeare and St. Patricks

shamrockI 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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By brendan kelso

Brendan is the main creative source and author behind Playing With Plays and the infamous Shakespeare for Kids series. You can typically find him inventing by day, playing with his family by night, and writing by very late night.

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