2014-03-17

Lá Fhéile Pádraig

"Much of what is known about St Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland.[12] It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he "found God". The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.


According to legend, Saint Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans.
According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years envangelizing in the northern half of Ireland and converted "thousands". 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."

Taken from Wikipedia

We do not know what's the truth, we do not know what Patrick was responsible for in real life...but we know he was and still is an inspiration, for people to go out on the streets, celebrate, make music, an of course drinking a beer or two. Other celebrate in a more religious way.

However you celebrate, not knowing if you are going to celebrate at all, we wish you a Happy St. Patricks Day. A special greeting is going to all the Irish around the world, no matter if you are Irish by passport, Irish by your roots, or Irish in the heart.

Slàinte!

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