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Interesting Facts - St Patrick's Day

Friday, March 15, 2013

* St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, although he was born in Britain,around 385 AD. His parents, Capurnius and Conchessa,
were Roman citizens. living in either Scotland or Wales, according
to different versions of his story.

* As a boy, of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he
spent six years in slavery herding sheep. He returned to Ireland in
his 30s as a missionary among the Celtic pagans.

* Legend has it that he used the native shamrock as a symbol of the
Holy Trinity when preaching and brought the Latin alphabet to Ireland.

* Miracles attributed to him include the driving of serpents out of
Ireland. However, evidence suggests post-glacial Ireland never had
any snakes in the first place.

* Wearing green, eating green food and even drinking green beer,
is said to commemorate St. Patrick's use of the shamrock - although
blue was the original colour of his vestments.

* Popular toasts on St. Patrick's Day include: may the roof above us
never fall in, and may our friends beneath it never fall out.

* Dublin has a parade that attracts hundreds of thousands of people,
while in Chicago the river is dyed green for a few hours. The biggest
parade is normally held in New York, while the largest celebration in
the southern hemisphere is in Sydney, Australia.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JANIEWWJD 3/19/2013 12:51AM

    Thank you for the info!!!!! emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 3/17/2013 10:11AM

    I never knew that!

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LITTLEWIND53 3/17/2013 1:24AM

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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NORASPAT 3/16/2013 9:03PM

    Thanks ANNA for the trivial pursuit. Enjoy your weekend Pat in Maine,.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 3/16/2013 2:31PM

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!! emoticon
emoticon for the information.

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HELEN_BRU 3/16/2013 1:18PM

    I love all those Irish sayings!

Thanks for commenting on my blog, too!

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KANOE10 3/16/2013 8:11AM

    Interesting blog. I did not know about Chicago making their river green,

Happy St Paddy's Day.

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DILLONNAN 3/16/2013 4:48AM

    That was fun and interesting!


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WENDYJM4 3/16/2013 1:42AM

    Happy St Patrick's Day

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BUTEAFULL 3/15/2013 11:20PM

    oh boy more trivia

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FRAN0426 3/15/2013 11:10PM

    Thanks so much for some good info, learning something new is always fun

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    i love St. Patrick's Day!! Green food is good.

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ECONLADY 3/15/2013 8:01PM

    Thanks for sharing! A few years back I was in Ireland on St. Patrick's Day. They consider it a major holiday.

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-LINDA_S 3/15/2013 7:41PM

    emoticon Maybe some of this will come up in trivia!

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NGREGOR 3/15/2013 7:23PM

  Thank you Goanna. You did a good summary.
emoticon (Not a Shamrock but at least Good Luck.)

Comment edited on: 3/15/2013 7:24:04 PM

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LINWASH23 3/15/2013 7:08PM

    Thanks for sharing this history, I love St. Patrick's Day. emoticon emoticon

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