HISTORY OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY
We celebrate March 17th in commemoration of St. Patrick’s grand and noble deed of driving the Norwegians out of Ireland. It seems that centuries ago many Norwegians came to Ireland to escape the bitterness of the Norwegian winter. Ireland was having a famine at the time and food was quite scarce. The Norwegians were eating almost all the fish caught in the area, leaving the Irish with nothing but potatoes.
St. Patrick taking matters into his own hands like most Irishmen do, decided the Norwegians had to go. Secretly he organized the IRATRION (Irish Republican Army to Rid Ireland Of Norwegians). Irish members of IRATRION sabotaged all power plants in the hopes the fish in Norwegian refrigerators would spoil, forcing the Norwegians to a colder climate where their fish would keep.
The fish spoiled all right, but the Norwegians, as everyone knows to this day, thrive on spoiled fish. Faced with failure, the Irishmen sneaked into the Norwegians fish storage coves in the dead of night and sprinkled the rotten fish with lye, hoping to poison the Norwegian intruders. But, as everyone knows, this is how lutefisk was introduced to the Norwegians and they thrived on this lye-soaked smelly fish. Matters became even worse for the Irishmen when the Norwegians started taking over the Irish potato crop and making lefse.
Poor St. Patrick was at his wits end and finally on March 17th he blew his top and told all the Norwegians in Ireland to go to “HELL”, and it worked, as they all packed up and went to Minnesota.