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Erin Go Bragh - Saint Patrick's Day

Monday, March 17, 2014

Saint Patrick's Day

When: March 17th.

Saint Patrick's day is in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who brought christianity to the Emerald Isles, as Ireland is known. It is truly a day of celebrating Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs.

Are you Irish perchance!?! Well, the saying goes everyone is a little Irish on Saint Patricks's Day.

Roots of Tradition: Saint Patrick's day is held in honor of Saint Patrick, the missionary who brought christianity to the Irish people in the 400's AD.

Erin Go Braugh is perhaps the most common Irish term you will hear. It means "Ireland Forever"

Did You Know? Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That's almost nine times the population of Ireland!

Favorite Sayings:

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.

May the rain fall softly upon your fields. And the sun shine warm upon your face.

Top of the mornin' to you.....(and the rest of the day to 'me self!)

May there always be work for you to do.

May your purse always hold a coin or two.

May the sun always shine on your windowpane.

May the hand of a friend always be near you.

May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

This Author's favorite:

May the wind at your back not be from the cabbage and corned beef that you eat today!

Everyone's at least a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day. (how true, how true).

Irish Flowers:

Bells of Ireland plants

Bells of Ireland Seeds

Irish Eyes Sunflower

This Day in History March 17th.

In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda. (45 BC)

Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus the sole emperor of the Roman Empire. (180)

Petronius Maximus becomes, with support of the Roman Senate, emperor of the Western Roman Empire. (455)

Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy in England. (1337)

American Revolution: British forces evacuate Boston, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city. (1776)

American Revolution: George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday "as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence". (1780)

The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King. (1805)

The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is formed; (1842)

SS Utopia collides with HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar and sinks, killing 562 of the 880 passengers on board. (1891)

In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (1941)

Holocaust: The first Jews from the Lvov Ghetto are gassed at the Belzec death camp in what is today eastern Poland. (1942)

The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany, collapses, ten days after its capture. (1945)

First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber. (1947)

The Benelux, France, and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO. (1948)

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name "californium". (1950)

A plane crash in Cebu, Philippines kills Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others. (1957)

The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite. (1958)

U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action program that will ultimately lead to the Bay of Pigs Invasion. (1960)

Mount Agung erupted on Bali killing more than 1,100 people. (1963)

Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the DSV Alvin submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb. (1966)

As a result of nerve gas testing in Skull Valley, Utah, US, over 6,000 sheep are found dead. (1968)

Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel. (1969)

My Lai Massacre: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident. (1970)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family. (1973)

Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the "Night Stalker", commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree. (1985)

Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires: Suicide car bomb attack kills 29 and injures 242. (1992)

A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%. (1992)

530 members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God die in a fire, considered to be a mass murder or suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult. Elsewhere another 248 members are later found dead. (2000)

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Robin Cook, resigns from the British Cabinet in disagreement with government plans for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. (2003)

The largest meteorite (since NASA started observing the moon in 2005) hit the moon. (2013)
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