ST. PATRICK'S DAY
INFO & HISTORY
Saint Patrick was not Irish - he was born in either Scotland or Wales/Roman Britain around AD 373.
His given name is believed to be Maewyn Succat - Succat means "warlike". He adopted the name Patricius (meaning "noble") after becoming a priest.
Saint Patrick was kidnapped at age 16 and sold into slavery. He spent 6 years herding sheep and during this time he began having religious visions and became closer to God. After escaping, he went to Gaul (France) and entered into priesthood. He then returned to Ireland to do missionary work for 30 to 40 years.
Patrick was arrested several times for upsetting the Celtic Druids by successfully coverting the people to Christianity - he escaped captivity each time.
Saint Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity - The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity.
As the Legend goes, Saint Patrick drove out all the snakes in Ireland. The snake was a respected symbol of paganism and this Legend is believed to represent the fact that he drove paganism out of Ireland.
The year of Saint Patrick's death has never been confirmed, somewhere between AD 493-461. The day of his death March 17, has been commemorated as St. Patrick's Day ever since.
DID YOU KNOW?
The St. Patrick's Day custom came to America in 1737 and was celebrated for the first time in this county in Boston.
9 of the men who signed America's Declaration of Independence were of Irish origin.
19 Presidents of the United States are of Irish heritage - including our first President, George Washington.
The construction of the famous Empire State Building began on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1930.
Failte romhat means welcome in Irish.