Rineanna From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 880 posts, RR: 13 Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1360 times:
Happy St. Patrick ’s Day!
Here’s a brief history of St.Patrick himself:
Quote: The person who was to become St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Roman Britain about AD 385. His given name was Maewyn, and he almost didn't get the job of bishop of Ireland because he lacked the required scholarship.
Far from being a saint, until he was 16, he considered himself a pagan. At that age, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village. During his captivity, he became closer to God.
He escaped from slavery after six years and went to Gaul where he studied in the monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre for a period of twelve years. During his training he became aware that his calling was to convert the pagans to Christianity.
He wished to return to Ireland and to convert the native pagans to Christianity, but his superiors instead appointed St. Palladius. However, two years later Palladius transferred to Scotland. Patrick, having adopted that Christian name earlier, was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland.
Patrick was quite successful at winning converts which upset the Celtic Druids. Patrick was arrested several times, but escaped each time. He traveled throughout Ireland, establishing monasteries across the country. He also set up schools and churches which would aid him in his conversion of the Irish country to Christianity.
His mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. After that time, Patrick retired to County Down. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick's Day ever since.
• The largest Paddy’s day parade in the world takes place in New York with up and around 2million spectators
• Montreal has the longest continually running St. Patrick's Day parade, celebrating its 183rd consecutive parade in 2007.
• The smallest notable parade in the world takes place in in Hot Springs, Arkansas, held on historic Bridge Street which became famous in the 1940s when Ripley’s Believe It or Not designated it “The Shortest Street in the World
Pg. 34, sub-section B...right above the Leprechaun dress code and below the the most important rule for people claiming Irish ancestry:
"Thou shalt not believe that Irish people really say 'Top O' the mornin' to ya' in everyday life"
Oh yes . . . parades, parades and parades, . . . in every single decent-sized town in the country. There are probably more foreigners in them now than Irish people, but then we are too busy spending the day in the pub . . .
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12692 posts, RR: 13 Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1181 times:
Sadly, St. Patrick's day in the USA and elsewhere has become too much a day of excessive drinking and commericalism rather than acknowleging the importance of St. Patrick (as noted in the initial post). On a more positive note, It also has become a day to acknowlege the Irish people and those of Irish herritage (especialy politicans) and the affects the Irish had in the world, especially in the USA. So drink up - moderatly !
I know the Irish Flag is a tri-color (like the French and Italian flags) so I wanted to make sure it was displayed properly. As for myself, I've never really proclaimed being Irish, although my maternal grandmother's dad was from Ireland.
The History Channel had some programs which showed how Irish Immigrants and their descendants had an influence upon the way of life here, after settling in America. It was very interesting, indeed.
The Empire State Building will have green lighting on March 18, as well.
Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5486 posts, RR: 34 Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1170 times:
Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 23): I know the Irish Flag is a tri-color (like the French and Italian flags) so I wanted to make sure it was displayed properly.
Most of the plastic flags on sale (probaby made in China) are the wrong shape. They look like the Italian flag with orange instead of red, which is wrong. The Irish flag is of completely different proportions: ie twice as long as it is tall, as it says in the link. All the cheap ones on sale get this completely wrong, and people generally don't seem to realise this. All they have to do is cut off a strip from the top or bottom and they would be correct. At least Aer Lingus get it right on their planes.
However, that is nothing compared to what the Irish postal service did last year when they printed their annual Paddy's Day cards: the colours were the wrong way around, which happens to be the flag of Sierra Leone! They cost tens of thousands of euro and had to be all pulped.
25 HAWK21M: A good present for the Irish at the World cup.Beat Pakistan.Surprise Upset. regds MEL