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St Patrick's Day Facts: Separating Myth From Reality

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Some of the facts and myths surrounding Ireland's national celebration. Eein Go Bragh!

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patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 12:58 am
Thanks Cal - very interesting article. We understood St.Pat to hail from Wales - at least my husband claims him as a Welshman - sent to Ireland to bring them to the Lord.

Raluca Anghel (84)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 2:18 am
noted, thanks!

Carol H (229)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 4:47 am
interesting! thanks Cal, noted

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 5:00 am

Interesting facts, though for environmental reasons they should either use a safe dye or none at all. The religious association with St Paddy's like St Valentine is almost nil in today's world. One a holiday for chocolate and flowers and the other a grand excuse to lift a pint. Any holiday for chocolate or beer must by default be a good day.

Mike S (86)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 6:51 am
Noted and thanks Cal. Love your comment Kit!

Bonnie A (76)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 8:53 am
Interesting facts. St. Patrick and St. Columba are both very important in Ireland. The school dress from the Irish dance school that I dance with (as an Adult level dancer I would have a heart attack if I tried to do what the kids do!) is Saint Patrick Blue. This is always a busy and fun season of the year. The Irish have been a very important part of our History. They fought in the Revolution on the British side, the American side, and the French side. Little known, after the famine when huge numbers of Irish came over here in Charleston South Carolina they were sold like the slaves and the slaves were more valuable. With our present fight against immigration we should remember when Irish couldn't get jobs--No Irish Need Apply. St Patrick Day is a good time to remember we do best when we work together for everyone.

Walter Firth (45)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 7:36 pm
Thanks Cal.A couple of my ancestors got free passage to Australia from Ireland.They weren't particularly pro British,one of them fought at Waterloo.He backed the losing side.I wouldn't recommend too much Guiness ,it gives you a nasty headache.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 10:18 pm
I had myself a wonderful St. Patricks Day......great music, good people.....warm weather. No complaints.

greenplanet e (155)
Friday March 18, 2011, 12:51 am
the green dye going into rivers is not so good ...

Andrea Nemec (213)
Friday March 18, 2011, 4:16 am
Interesting! Thanks for the article!

Andrea Nemec (213)
Friday March 18, 2011, 4:18 am
Interesting! Thanks for the article!

donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday March 18, 2011, 1:01 pm
JUST aonther day.

Amber T (1)
Friday March 18, 2011, 1:38 pm
There were never any snakes in Ireland, they never evolved there.

. (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 3:58 pm
Thanks , very interesting!

Tom Edgar (56)
Friday March 18, 2011, 5:02 pm
There certainly were snakes in Ireland. They had two legs, arms and backed the English occupation.
There are many left in the remaining northern area the English call Ulster, and they are now called Presbyterians.

William Y (54)
Friday March 18, 2011, 7:03 pm

Edgar Zuim (47)
Friday March 18, 2011, 8:17 pm
Great story. The origin of St. Patrick's Day is unknown by many people.

About Saint Patrick, which I know is he was a missionary in charge of converting the Irish to Christianity in the 4th century after Christ. Therefore it is considered the patron saint of Ireland, being the founder of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

In some cities in Brazil St. Patrick's Day is celebrated with lots of Irish beer, especially by immigrants. For those who like beer, St. Patrick's Day is a great excuse to get drunk.

Theresa Lacey (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 10:49 pm
Great little tidbits...

Chavonne H (46)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 5:44 am
yeah a lot of us celebrate it but dont know anything about it lol

Saturday March 19, 2011, 12:29 pm
I don't know why it's such a big deal HERE. It's an excuse for too many people to get drunk.

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 1:06 pm St. Patrick's Day is the one day of the year I hate. While millions of people celebrate and have parties, I just get official older on that day. :-(

Renee A (4)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 6:29 am
I am always surprised that so many Americans celebrate this holiday
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