Arnie, Al & All,
I'm guessing that Arnie wrote that after drinking all four Guinness's in one swig.
Irre in German means 'crazy, insane, mad, mental' and so would support your idea and as both our languages stem from Latin we can assume that the Romans also had a particular view of the Irish. Having just done a 'Noahs Arc search' I found under IRRE the 'Institute for Research and Reform in Education' which just about puts things in to perspective
As for St George, as Rick once pointed out, he was probably a Roman or one of their captive warriors. I have seen statues of The Dragon Killer all over the world so quite what he has to do with us English is at best vague, so why should we celebrate him ?
Perhaps we should pay homage to a real English icon like King Arthur (if he ever really existed), were he not most likely a member of the same club as George the Dragon Slayer, a Roman or one of their captive subjects that remained in England when the Romans lost control.
What about Robin Hood (if he also ever really existed) who legend says resisted the Saxons with great success, but was he not an Angle ... another German tribe that had previously crept into England ? No, it would have to be a real person and an English icon.
Ok, Richard Lion Heart, but he couldn't even speak English ... being a Frog and he only ever spent about six months in England preferring his residence in France ... when he wasn't murdering Moslem's in their homeland.
Henry VIII, a man that history will never forget ! A playboy with a sharp sword who would and did do anything for a son. It is said that Henry was so fat when he died that his body wouldn't even fit into his coffin, attempts to force him in caused his body to burst and the stink was disgusting. Saint Henry, no thanks !
Now I have it, Elizabeth the first, 'the virgin queen', who proclaimed that she 'is married to England'. Does it really matter that she was probably the first 'drag queen', a male without any balls, despite which she employed some pretty good pirates and advanced the status of England while other nations struggled with themselves.
What about Queen Victoria, if we forget about Albert the German cousin that she married and if we ignore that her mother was also a German, at least her father George III was born in England and spoke English as his first language. I can't think of any negative stories about Vicky, 'grandmother of Europe'. She reigned during a period when England ruled the world and so if England needs a patron Saint, Vicky gets my vote before George