Whisky Magazine Issue 134
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The feast of St. Patrick
The information came, as it does so often in Dublin – from a taxi driver. He regarded me seriously over his shoulder, his arm dangling out of the window of his 2006 Avensis, open despite the inclement March weather. He seemed to be weighing up whether I could be trusted with the grave confidence he was about to share.
“Never canonised, so he wasn't.”
“No!” I gasped, hoping my reaction was suitably aghast.
“Never… the pope never gave the blessing or whatever it is he does with the smoke and the voting an' all and anyways. Is this your road here?”
It turns out the taxi driver was right, Ireland's patron saint, Patrick, was never canonised. He was commonly accepted as a saint prior to the modern practice of canonisation, so his sainthood is not in question. Nonetheless, it does make interesting trivia for taxi drivers intent on scandalising, and more obscure pub quiz questions. Irish people have a tendency to dispense with the ‘Saint' suffix when referring to our national day, perhaps this is the reason.
In Ireland, outside of the major centres ‘Patrick's Day' is quite a subdued affair. It is a public holiday, often falling mid week thus an opportunity to catch up with friends and family, share a meal, and happily indulge in rich foods and perhaps a drink; a throw back to a time when the day signified the breaking of the 40 day long lenten fast.
BEEF, STOUT & WHISKEY STEW
This is a take on the common dish of beef and Guinness, this time using b...