Posts Tagged ‘St Patrick’

Irish man bitten by snake for the first time In history Comments 0

Monday, March 9th, 2020

A 22-year-old man became the first person in recorded Irish history to sustain a snake bite, roughly 1,600 years after St. Patrick is said to have banished all serpents from that nation. Catholic tradition has it that St. Patrick drove them all off a cliff in the 5th century. Read more Related Posts:Dublin cancels St Read more

Wearing blue for St Patrick Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Though green dominates the celebrations today, it was the colour blue – a shade known as St Patrick’s blue – that was first associated with the saint. The earliest depictions of St Patrick show him in blue garments, and the colour also appears on ancient Irish flags. Read some more little known facts about St Read more

St Patrick – a slave, a migrant with no papers Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

St Patrick was a slave and a migrant with no papers, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Amargh said. He reminded those celebrating St Patrick’s feast day last Friday to remember the plight of migrants. “As Irish people, we cannot think of Patrick without acknowledging the enormous humanitarian and pastoral challenges facing growing numbers of people who Read more

Hail, glorious St Patrick Comments 0

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

For Catholics, Episcopalians and some Lutherans, March 17 is the Feast Day of St. Patrick. For the rest of us, it’s St. Patrick’s Day — a midweek excuse to party until we’re green in the face. But who was Patrick? Did he really drive the snakes out of Ireland or use the shamrock to explain Read more

St Patrick: A prophet for global justice Comments 0

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

St Patrick is one of a handful of Christian saints, along with Mary, Valentine and Francis, that is celebrated in popular culture. His feast day is commemorated with supermarket meat sales, green rivers, green beer, and (my favourite) parades. But who was the real St Patrick? Most people know that the missionary Patrick (Patricius or Pádraig) Read more

Half-million pack Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day parade Comments 0

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

An estimated half-million people crowded Saturday into central Dublin to view the St. Patrick’s Day parade, a focal point for Irish celebrations worldwide and the start of the tourist season in debt-battered Ireland.

Bands from Britain, the United States and Russia joined thousands of Irish volunteers on Saturday’s two-hour procession down Dublin’s major boulevard, O’Connell Street, across the River Liffey, past Trinity College and concluding outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

In his St. Patrick’s Day message, Catholic Cardinal Sean Brady offered prayers to the estimated 50,000 citizens who have emigrated in the past year to escape Ireland’s weak economy.

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