Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, one of the foremost holidays in the Republic of Ireland, as well as many countries across the globe.

Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God”. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelizing in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands”. Patrick’s efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland, despite the fact that snakes were not known to inhabit the region.

Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland’s foremost saint.

Here’s wishing all you Irish descendants have a terrific day. Sláinte!

6 thoughts on “Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

  1. My maternal grandfather could speak a bit of Gaelic, but I never did the family history research.
    I do enjoy watching the “Danny Boy” clip from Miller’s Crossing. 🙂

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


  2. Ronni – My father’s side of the family were Irish. I always gravitated toward the Slovaks on my mom’s side.

    Mike AKA Proof – Chance of that for me? 0.02 percent.

    John – Such a great film.


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