This came as welcomed news to the folks at Guinness who are attempting the have Saint Patrick’s Day recognized as an official holiday in the United States; but whom are facing stiff resistance from the Vatican. Church officials in Rome are citing an obscure edict from the Council of Trent which states that in order for a religious observance to become a state sanctioned holiday it must have a secular biological mascot, e.g. (exempli gratia) Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. In theory Halloween,(All Souls Day) and St. Valentines Day could be recognized because of Cupid and the Great Pumpkin.
When asked if he was surprised by the find, team leader Dr. Mac McCrackin, from the Edinburgh Institute of Scholarly Advanced Academics – Glasgow Campus, said that he was more surprised to find an abandoned public house in Knockaderry.
The official classification for this new genus is “Viridis Vir Instituo Tabernus” which translates from Latin to mean “Green Man Found in a Tavern” but most of the team just call him Paddy.