Friday 17th March 2017
This year St. Patricks Day falls on Friday March the 17th. What have you got planned? Are you going anywhere nice? Maybe you’ve booked yourself a break away trip to Ireland to celebrate in style!
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Did you know?
St Patrick’s Day was originally a religious feast day for St Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland and a Christian missionary.
St Patrick, the son of a deacon and the grandson of a priest, was actually not born Irish but Scottish.
However, he is said to have spent many years in Ireland converting the pagans to Christianity before his death on March 17 in the fifth century.
Despite its origins, St Patrick’s Day has since grown into a global celebration of Irish culture, with festivities (usually, involving a fair bit of drinking) held throughout the world.
Who was St. Patrick anyway?
The first thing about St Patrick is he isn’t technically a Saint. Shock horror. He’s called Saint Patrick although he was never canonised by the Church.
He was born into a wealthy family in AD387 in Kilpatrick, Scotland. His real name was Maewyn Succat.
Records show at the age of 16, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to Gaelic Ireland as a slave to tend and herd sheep.
During his captivity, he learned the rituals and customs of the druids – the people he eventually converted.
Patrick is said to have prayed to God more than 100 times a day. He also had a dream about God, in which he later said he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. “You’re ship is ready,” he was told.
The dream led to St Patrick escaping from his captors and making his way back home, where he became a priest, like his grandfather.
The young man is then believed to have returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary after experiencing another vision where he was given a letter labelled “voice of the Irish”. When he opened it he apparently heard the voices begging him to return.
He did so, and converted thousands of the pagan Irish to Christianity in the northern half of the country. He used their symbols and Christianised them.
He would use shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity to those he preached to, resulting in the widespread focus on the plants on St Patrick’s Day.
He is also said to have performed miracles and built churches across Ireland.
St Patrick died at Saul – where he is believed to have begun his missionary work – and was later buried at Downpatrick, County Down.
After his death on March 17, 461, he was the subject of many legends and became the foremost patron saint of Ireland.