3 phrases for st. patrick’s day … and 1 to avoid

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Ready to try a St. Patrick’s Day word search? Or are you looking for fun word searches to keep the kids busy? Here are several St. Patrick’s Day word searches with a little challenge for everyone, from kindergarten to adults. Grab these free printable word searches that could bring you a little Irish luck…

Welcome to my latest creation! These cute free St. Patrick’s Day word searches are designed for all levels and grades. I’ve broken down the levels from easy to difficult so you know who the word search is good for – be sure to get the free word searches in the resource library along with all the other freebies.

There’s even an impossible one full of Irish words – are you up to the challenge?

What you need to know to download and print the free word searches

You’re welcome to print out and use these word searches for personal use with your children, in a classroom or to do them yourself – please don’t sell or distribute the files (please send people to this page to get their own free copies and support my blog).

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The shamrocks (four-leaf clovers) in the top-right corner of each word search puzzle will tell you what level it is: 1 shamrock = level 1, 2 shamrocks = level 2,  etc. I’ve given lots of info below about what’s in each level and what age group will enjoy it.

You can print out the St Pattys word searches on US Letter or international A4 paper (if you click here you will find more info on paper sizes).

Be sure to set your printer to ‘fit’ the page before you print it out.

These word searches will be too small to read if they are printed paper that’s smaller than US Letter size or A4, so I recommend printing one word search per page at full size.

Level 1: Easy Word Search

Keep the kids busy with this fun St. Patrick’s Day word search:

3 Phrases for St. Patrick’s Day … and 1 to Avoid

This is the the easy printable St. Patrick’s Day word searches. You’ll see one shamrock in the top-right corner to show that is a level 1 (EASY) word search.

There are a 12 words to find in level 1, with nice big capital letters for kids to read. All of the words are hidden across (from left to right) and down, making them fairly easy to find.

Level 1 St. Patrick’s Day word searches are good for 1st and 2nd grade age groups.

Level 2: Intermediate Word Search

Keep older children busy with the intermediate St. Patrick’s Day word search.

3 Phrases for St. Patrick’s Day … and 1 to Avoid

Level 2 is a level up from level 1 and things are a bit more challenging! You’ll see 2 shamrocks in the top-right corner to show it’s difficulty increasing.

Now there are 20 words to find that are hidden in the puzzle across (from left to right), down and diagonally. The letters are also slightly smaller than level 1, with more rows and columns to look through.

Remember that you will get all the free word searches and other great resources in the resource library…

3 Phrases for St. Patrick’s Day … and 1 to Avoid

Level 2 is great for kids in the 2nd grade, 3rd grade, or 4th grade.

Level 3: Difficult Word Search

3 Phrases for St. Patrick’s Day … and 1 to Avoid

Welcome to the difficult St. Patrick’s Day word search!

Level 3 has 40 hidden words, which are hidden up, down, backward, forward, or diagonally.

Smaller letters, more rows and columns, and more words to find make this a fun, challenging St. Patrick’s Day word search puzzle, but I promise the kids will love it!

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Level 3 is designed for anyone in the 5th grade and older.

But wait, there’s more!

Level 4: Impossible Word Search

I couldn’t help myself with this one ????

When I found lists of Irish (Gaelic) words I knew I had to make an impossible St. Patrick’s word search for you!

Are you up to the challenge? I sure hope so.

3 Phrases for St. Patrick’s Day … and 1 to Avoid

There are 40 hidden Gaelic words in this puzzle. They’re tongue twisters – try saying BEOCHAOINEADH ten times. Or just once for that matter.

  • Have fun finding these impossible Irish words and let me know in the comments below if you manage to find them all.
  • Mission Impossible is suitable for anyone who wants to take their word search puzzles to the next level.
  • I hope you enjoy it.

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3 Phrases for St. Patrick’s Day … and 1 to Avoid


I hope you enjoy doing these St. Patrick’s Day word searches as much as I enjoyed making them!

If you want more fun, free St. Patrick’s Day activities to do, why not make your own St. Patrick’s Day bunting – the printable and full tutorial is there waiting for you.

You can also check out these fun St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages, where you’ll find laughing leprechauns, lucky shamrocks, pots of gold and Celtic designs for crafts and good old Irish fun! 

3 Phrases for St. Patrick’s Day … and 1 to Avoid

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First St. Patrick’s Day parade

3 Phrases for St. Patrick’s Day … and 1 to Avoid

The first recorded parade honoring the Catholic feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is held in what is now St. Augustine, Florida. 

Records show that a St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17, 1601 in a Spanish colony under the direction of the colony's Irish vicar, Ricardo Artur. More than a century later, homesick Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched in Boston in 1737 and in New York City on March 1762. 

Saint Patrick, who was born in the late 4th century, was one of the most successful Christian missionaries in history. Born in Britain to a Christian family of Roman citizenship, he was taken prisoner at the age of 16 by a group of Irish raiders who attacked his family’s estate.

They transported him to Ireland, and he spent six years in captivity before escaping back to Britain. Believing he had been called by God to Christianize Ireland, he joined the Catholic Church and studied for 15 years before being consecrated as the church’s second missionary to Ireland.

Patrick began his mission to Ireland in 432, and by his death in 461, the island was almost entirely Christian.

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Early Irish settlers to the American colonies, many of whom were indentured servants, brought the Irish tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s feast day to America. 

The first recorded St.

Patrick’s Day parade in New York City was held in 1762, and with the dramatic increase of Irish immigrants to the United States in the mid-19th century, the March 17th celebration became widespread.

Today, across the United States, millions of Americans of Irish ancestry celebrate their cultural identity and history by enjoying St. Patrick’s Day parades and engaging in general revelry.

On March 17, 1969, 70-year-old Golda Meir makes history when she is elected as Israel’s first female prime minister. She was the country’s fourth prime minister and is still the only woman to have held this post. Meir, who was born in Kiev, Ukraine and raised in Wisconsin, began …read more

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On March 17, 2011, 26-year-old Raymond Clark III, a former animal research assistant at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, pleads guilty to the murder and attempted sexual assault of 24-year-old Yale graduate student Annie Le. On September 13, 2009, Le’s partially …read more

Art, Literature, and Film History

With Erin Brockovich, released on March 17, 2000, Julia Roberts becomes the first actress ever to command $20 million per movie. Born in Smyrna, Georgia, on October 28, 1967, Roberts followed her brother Eric into acting, making her film debut in 1988’s girl-band drama …read more

Art, Literature, and Film History

On March 17, 1901, paintings by the late Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh are shown at the Bernheim-Jeune gallery in Paris. The 71 paintings, which captured their subjects in bold brushstrokes and expressive colors, caused a sensation across the art world.  Eleven years before, …read more

On March 17, 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, probably in …read more

Future president Franklin Delano Roosevelt weds his fifth cousin once removed, Eleanor Roosevelt, in New York on this day in 1905. Eleanor, born Anna Eleanor Roosevelt in New York in 1884, lost her mother Anna to diphtheria when she was eight. Her father, Elliot, a brother of …read more

Two months before Lewis and Clark begin their epic western expedition, Jim Bridger is born in Richmond, Virginia. Twenty years later, Bridger, heading West along the routes Lewis and Clark pioneered, became one of the greatest mountain men of the 19th century. The son of a …read more

The former Soviet Socialist Republic of Lithuania steadfastly rejects a demand from the Soviet Union that it renounce its declaration of independence. The situation in Lithuania quickly became a sore spot in U.S.-Soviet relations. The Soviet Union had seized the Baltic state of …read more

On March 17, 1776, British forces are forced to evacuate Boston following General George Washington’s successful placement of fortifications and cannons on Dorchester Heights, which overlooks the city from the south. During the evening of March 4, Major General John Thomas, …read more

15 Irish sayings that everyone in America should know

Each year on March 17, the Irish and Irish-at-heart come out in droves to pubs and parade routes to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland.

This year, however, might be a bit different, as St. Patrick's Day celebrations across the globe have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with pubs across Ireland closed as the nation, and the world, try to fight the spread of the virus. 

Luckily, one doesn't need a public St. Patrick's Day event to celebrate and honor Irish culture. And this year, as many are self-isolating, social distancing, and working from home, there's another way you can show appreciation for Irish culture: by learning some of the most famous Irish sayings.

Business Insider scoured Celtic folklore, online forums, the Bible, and even our favorite Irish pub in New York City to find some beautiful (or hilarious) sayings used on the Emerald Isle.

Some of the phrases are historic, out-of-use proverbs with original Irish Gaelic translations (today, 39.8% of the population in the Republic of Ireland speak Irish daily).

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Others are examples of modern slang spoken in English, the nation's shared official language.

Thanks to New York's The Gael Pub's Irish bartenders Ronan Carter, of County Sligo, and Rory Galligan, of County Cavan, for helping us research this story.

Melia Robinson contributed to a previous version of this article.

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15 Irish St. Patrick’s Day Sayings

St. Patrick’s Day is about more than green beer, pinching those who forgot to wear green, and searching for gold coins.

The Irish have many witty, snarky, and funny sayings and proverbs, and there’s no better time to learn a few than during St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you want to impress your friends at a St.

Patrick’s Day party, or just learn some for fun, check out the 15 Irish, St. Patrick’s Day sayings we’ve compiled below.

Many people associate good luck with shamrocks and with the Irish. This St. Patrick’s Day saying wishes the reader good luck and many blessings throughout their life and travels.

This word — meaning “health” or “good health” — is a traditional Irish Gaelic word used commonly throughout Ireland, but particularly on St. Patrick’s Day. Why? Because people use it when toasting over their pints of beer!

This famous saying explains the phenomenon that a vastly higher number of people celebrate the holiday of St. Patrick’s Day than those who are actually Irish.  

While many Irish phrases focus on gold coins and wealth around St. Patrick’s Day, this phrase talks about how much more important one’s health is. It is a commonly used phrase in English as well.

This saying also celebrates Irish national pride during St. Patrick’s Day, celebrating all those who come from Irish heritage. It also plays off of the idea of Irish luck.

This Irish proverb also plays of the common themes of St. Patrick’s Day: gold and luck. The proverb wishes the reader wealth and good fortune throughout their life.

After a long night of drinking on St. Patrick’s Day, this Irish phrase offers a suggestion for a cure to the fatigue or hangover one might have.

Whatever you do

May the luck of the Irish

Be there with you”

This Irish blessing also wishes the reader good luck, particularly on St. Patrick’s Day when many people are out drinking and sometimes fighting.

St. Patrick’s Day is full of drinking, talking and storytelling. This phrase captures the idea that people are often more willing to share stories or more enthusiastically tell stories after they have been drinking.

This phrase is fairly famous in English, however, it is also an Irish saying, similar to the phrase: “the pot calling the kettle black.”

Another very common phrase and often seen on shirts and other memorabilia in Ireland, this phrase captures the passion and vivacity of people who are Irish and who may be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

This phrase also captures the raucousness of St. Patrick’s Day and warns that a person often gets into a fight because of the things they say to someone else.

Essentially meaning “What’s up?”, if you’re spending St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, this phrase will come in handy as it is very common. The word “craic” is pronounced as “crack” so many tourists are often confused when hearing the phrase.

This common Irish phrase is used very commonly when someone is acting obnoxiously, especially after drinking during St. Patrick’s Day.

Only about 30% of Irish people speak Gaelic today, so there are many movements to revive the language. This phrase captures the national pride of St. Patrick’s Day and uses it to encourage people to speak Gaelic.

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