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Painting the Town Green: Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

Fun Facts about St Patrick!

  1. St. Patrick was actually not Irish, but was born in Roman Britain (Wales) around 385 AD.

  2. St. Patrick was originally named Maewyn Succat, but changed his name to Patricius after becoming a priest.

  3. The shamrock is a symbol commonly associated with St. Patrick because he is said to have used it to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) to the Irish people.

  4. Contrary to popular belief, St. Patrick did not drive the snakes out of Ireland.! There were no snakes in Ireland to begin with, as it is too cold for them to survive.

  5. St. Patrick is celebrated on March 17th because that is believed to be the date of his death.

  6. St. Patrick's Day was originally a religious holiday, but over time it has become a more secular celebration of Irish culture and heritage.

  7. St. Patrick is said to have performed many miracles during his time in Ireland, including raising people from the dead and banishing evil spirits.

  8. Many St. Patrick's Day traditions, such as wearing green, drinking green beer, and parading in the streets, originated in the United States and were later adopted in Ireland.

  9. St. Patrick is also believed to have composed a famous prayer known as "St. Patrick's Breastplate" for protection against evil.

  10. St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, was built on a site, where it is believed an ancient holy well was used by St Patrick to baptise Christians!

Every year, millions of Irish people all over the world, celebrate their heritage. And it isn't just the Irish that celebrate our national day.... March 17th, is the one day a year, where everyone goes green... everyone is a little bit Irish! In Ireland, we now celebrate it as a festival and all the events can be found here:

So wherever you are in the world, don something green and raise a glass to our little but beautiful Emerald Isle!!!

Here's to you St Patrick!!!


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