According to a recent survey, a third of people in the UK tend to celebrate St Patrick’s Day before their own St George’s Day.
Lottoland researchers in the UK surveyed 2,000 Britons and discovered that 5pc thought St Patrick was an elf and a few even believed he had discovered the Guinness record.
21pc of respondents claim that St Patrick expelled the snakes from Ireland, while 5pc are sure that he is a fictional character from a popular Irish book or that he discovered their Emerald Isle me and rule the land.
A national poll across the UK found 24 adults unsure of who the patron saint of Ireland is, five of whom are from Northern Ireland.
40pc of people in the UK didn’t know where St Patrick was originally from while 16pc assumed he was from France, Italy or Denmark.
The survey found that 34 Britons visit an Irish pub on St Patrick’s Day and 27 Britons will drink a pint of Guinness.
21pc listen to Irish music and 18pc dress up in our native colors. 16pc of respondents go to Mass, 13pc bake a green cake and 12pc watch or go to Cheltenham racing festival.
The country manager at Lottoland Ireland said many people are less concerned with the mythology surrounding itself and are instead focused on celebrating by going to the pub.
Graham Ross said: “Despite all the Brexit mockery, it’s funny how little people in the UK really know about their cultural festivities starting with their patron saint, the poor old man St. George, but perhaps it’s not surprising to see them determined to celebrate the big days in spite of it. ”
https://www.independent.ie/news/one-in-20-brits-believe-st-patrick-was-a-leprechaun-and-a-handful-even-think-he-discovered-guinness-41458005.html One in 20 Britons believe that St Patrick is an elf and a few even think he discovered the Guinness World Record.