Brief History of St. Patrick Day

Irish Clover
An Seamrog is e seamair Eireannach

Today is Saint Patrick Day, which is a feast day that celebrates his memory and is observed on the day of his death, sometime in the fifth century. Although born in Britain and/or Wales, most of his life is associated with Ireland and the Christian Church.

Croagh Patrick is a mountain in Ireland

Croagh Mountain is a coastal mountain in Ireland, where it is believed the popular saint fasted for forty days during Lent. Currently, pilgrims gather at the summit on the last Sunday of July to honor the Irish Saint. The mountain is located in County Mayo and is just over 2500 feet high. The chapel at the summit is referred to as the Croagh Patrick Oratory. By the way the gaelic word, croagh, is similar to the English stack.

 

Slemish in County Antrim as seen from Buckna. Photo by Albert Bridge.
Slemish in County Antrim as seen from Buckna. Photo by Albert Bridge.

Saint Patrick first came to Ireland after being captured by raiders. It is believed he spent his first six years on the island herding sheep near a place called slemish. During this time he was able to learn the Gaelic language.

 

Happy St Patrick's Day
Happy St Patrick's Day

So long for know. Happy St. Patrick’s day.

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