The origins of St Patrick’s Day - 17th March 2015
12th March 2015
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The Irish and people all over the world love celebrating this well-known national holiday which occurs on March 17th and they do this with lots of singing, dancing, drinking “green” beer and generally having a great time.

Facts about St Patrick and St Patricks Day

  • St Patrick was born to wealthy parents and until the age of 16, he considered himself a pagan;
  • St Patrick was kidnapped and sold as a slave by Irish marauders and during his capture he turned to God.
  • St Patrick was a slave for 6 years until he eventually escaped – he then studied in a monastery in Gaul for 12 years – this was when he knew he had to try and convert all the pagans in Ireland into Christianity.  During this time the Celtic Druids tried to arrest him several times but he always managed to escape.
  • After 30 years of being a missionary he finally settled in County Down. St Patrick died on 17th March, AD 461.
  • Shamrocks, Leprechauns and Blarney Stone are associated with St Patricks Day and pictures of them are hung everywhere.  Did you know that if you catch a real leprechaun he will reveal where he hides his pot of gold? 
  • Legend has it that St Patrick could raise people from the dead - do you think this is true?
  • Children in Ireland have a tradition of pinching their friends who don’t wear green on St Patricks Day.
  • Popular dishes on St Patrick’s Day include Bacon and Cabbage, Irish Soda Bread and Potato Pancakes and drinks include Irish Guiness Stout – the pubs are always a sell out!

If you are planning on joining in the St Patricks Day celebrations in Telford, don’t forget to wear green!

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