This is the day when the river runs green in Boston and for a few hours half the world becomes Irish.
Maybe it is just me, but I think this celebration is one of the most successful marketing campaigns ever. I know people don’t need much excuse to celebrate, but this is remarkable. The saints George, David and Andrew also have their special days in this country, but Patrick is in a league of his own.
That’s all very well, I hear you ask, but what about Cornelius Drebbel?
Good question and what an apt day to ask it. For today is not just St. Patrick’s Day, it is also Submarine Day and without Dutch inventor Drebbel we wouldn’t have these magnificent feats of engineering.
So enjoy your day and enjoy your Guinness, but when you raise your glass to Patrick, remember Cornelius too.
Click on the image below to watch a short seafaring themed video that looks at the difficulties of pronunciation. It is one of my favourites.