- St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, but he was actually born in Britain around 385AD, his parents were roman citizens living in Scotland.
- When he was fourteen he was captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery. 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.
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- 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.
- St Patrick was said to have proclaimed that everyone should have a drop of the “hard stuff” on his feast day after chastising an innkeeper who served a short measure of whisky. In the custom known as “drowning the shamrock”, the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is made available for the last drink of the evening.
- St Patrick’s day has been celebrated in America since 1737. Around 34 million modern Americans claim Irish ancestry (2015).
- It is thought that St Patricks died on March 17 in 461AD. It is now a national holiday in Ireland, is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland.
- Dublin’s St. Patricks Day parade attracts hundreds and 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.
- If you do end up finding a pot of 1,000 gold pieces at the end of rainbow, it is estimated the total would be worth around US$1,000,000. Not bad!
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