The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are approaching quickly. We will celebrate the feast of St. Patrick next Tuesday 17 March. This is a national holiday in Ireland as St. Patrick is our patron Saint. He is believed to have been the first person to introduce Christianity to the shores of Ireland around 432 A.D. There are many myths and legends surrounding St. Patrick. One is that he drove all the snakes out of Ireland. St. Patrick is believed to be buried in Downpatrick, Co. Down. The shamrock is a symbol of Ireland. It is said that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Catholic Holy Trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, to the pagans of Ireland. This is why we wear shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day. There will be a host of celebrations in Ireland and Irish communities abroad on 17 March. There will be street parades, singing, dancing and celebrating. Everyone will wear green, white and gold and paint their faces and drink green beer and eat green ice-cream. So raise your glasses on Tuesday and say ‘Slainte’ and join in the celebrations.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day,
Sinead