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It's 'Paddy's Day!' Caitriona Balfe slams the way Americans say 'Patty's Day'

'The other thing is, nobody eats corned beef and cabbage back home, not together, it’s not a dish'


Caitríona Balfe.

Caitríona Balfe.

Caitríona Balfe.

Actor Caitriona Balfe has slammed the American pronunciation of St. Patrick’s Day.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday she explained how she marked March 17th when growing up in Ireland.

“We would have parades and stuff. We definitely did some of it,” she explained.

“First of all, sometimes people call it 'St. Patty's Day'. And I'd like to just say - it's not. It's 'Paddy's' with two 'D's.”

“The other thing is, nobody eats corned beef and cabbage back home, not together, it’s not a dish,” she said adding: “maybe back in like the 1890s or whatever…”

Shocked by the revelation, Kimmel asked if anyone ate them separately.

“The cabbage, not so much the corned beef, not since maybe the 40s or 50s.”

When Kimmel told her that corned beef was one of his favourite foods she said: “I don't even know what that is.”

“It sounds horrible,” she added.

Balfe paid a subtle tribute to Ukraine with her outfit.

On her knee-length red sequin dress, Balfe wore a blue and yellow bow to represent the colours of the country which is currently being invaded by Russia.

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Caitriona recently starred as Ma in Kenneth Brannagh’s Oscar nominated film Belfast.

The 42-year-old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the IFTAs, BAFTAS, Academy Awards, Golden Globes and the SAG awards for her performance.

Her co-stars Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds, Jude Hill, and Judi Dench have all also been nominated for a number of accolades.


Caitríona Balfe as Ma with Jamie Dornan in Belfast.

Caitríona Balfe as Ma with Jamie Dornan in Belfast.

Caitríona Balfe as Ma with Jamie Dornan in Belfast.

The film follows a working class protestant family and their 9-year-old son as he grows up during The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Balfe previously revealed that when preparing for her role she researched footage from that period, which upset her at times.

“I’m very lucky because there is such a wealth of information from the time,” she said.

“There is actual footage from those days and those streets, where barricades are going up.”

“There’s a group of people from one side down here and there’s a group of people from another side up here. There is a British soldier walking back and forth trying to negotiate between them. They were arguing over maybe 20 feet, so a woman could get to her front door, without having to go through the barricades.”

“It all made me really sad, really emotional, listening to all of this, and listening to all these testimonies of women and interviews with women,” she explained.

“How that was allowed to happen, and how many lives had been allowed to be destroyed over the years.”

“I just think it’s so tragic," she added.

"The hatred that was soaked up and the families that were destroyed. It’s heartbreaking. I think you don’t have to be from Belfast, or Northern Ireland, or Ireland, but because we are all from those areas, different places, it’s heartbreaking, it’s really tragic and I think that was one of the things that struck me the most.”

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