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Leprechauns, Rainbows, Shamrocks and Pots of Gold

Updated on March 10, 2017

St. Patrick


Who Was St. Patrick

Who was St. Patrick and what was he to the Irish people? His name was Maewyn Succat but took on the name Patrick after he became a priest. It is known that his parents were Romans but were living in Britain in charge of the colonies. Patrick was not born a native of Ireland, it is said that he may have been born in Britain or Scotland but it is not known for sure. His exact birth date is not known but thought to be around 375, 387 or 415 AD. It is thought that his death and birth was on March 17th but that’s speculation.

He was kidnapped when he was a teenager and brought to Ireland by pirates. The young man was kept in captivity for six years. He turned to Christianity being alone and very much afraid. His captors had him working away from everyone as a shepherd. He escaped and walked more than 200 miles from County Mayo to the Irish coast. After his escape, he returned to Britain. Once he got there, he had another encounter in a dream to return back to Ireland, only this time as a missionary.

He spent 15 years in France studying to become a priest and once he was ordained, he was sent to Ireland to minister to Christians and to convert those who were not Christians. He was known as the Apostle of Ireland. Many believe he died in March 17, 460 AD and that’s why St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in honor of the saint. He is buried in a secret grave because the people of Ireland fussed over who should have the honor of his final resting place on their land. Many believe he is buried at Downpatrick, Country Down where there is a permanent memorial.

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Irish Myths

Leprechauns, rainbows, shamrocks and pots of gold all represent St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2017. Legend says that the four leaf clover will bring luck to it’s finder. At the end of every rainbow, it is said you’ll find a Leprechaun’s pot of gold there. If you can catch the little booger, he’ll give you his gold. If you don’t wear green on St. Paddie’s Day, you’ll be pinched for not doing so. The Irish sure have some strange customs and superstitions!

Why Is The Color Green Used To Represent St. Patrick’s Day

Why is the color green used to represent St. Patrick’s Day? The original color was blue and the shade was called St. Patrick’s blue. The color green comes from the emerald isle itself, due to it’s landscape. The shamrock is a green three leaf plant that was used to demonstrate the Holy Trinity, three entities, one God. The green shamrock became the symbol for St. Patrick’s Day.



Wee Little People

The Leprechaun are wee little people, mostly shoemakers so the tale unfolds. They are mischievous little men who look like midgets but also called fairies. They believe humans to be foolish and greedy. If a human catches a Leprechaun, he'll promise great wealth and will try to bribe his way out of a situation with gold coins which will disappear.

Leprechauns can not be trusted and will disappear in an instant. There are two groups of Leprechaun families, leprechaun and cluricaun. The cluricaun will borrow or steal and cause strife. They come out in the darkness and ride domestic animals through out the country side. The Leprechaun is declared Ireland's national fairy.


A Fine Recipe For Irish Lamb Stew

One of the favorite dishes among the Irish is, the lamb stew. Personally I've never been able to eat lamb but I'm going to make the stew using all the ingredients required, with the exception of the lamb meat which I will substitute for beef.

Instructions For Lamb Stew Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In an oven, brown lamb in butter and oil in batches. Remove and keep warm. In the same pan, saute carrots and onions in drippings until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Gradually add broth and beer. Stir in lamb, potatoes, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  2. Cover and bake 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender, stirring every 30 minutes. Discard bay leaves, thyme and rosemary. Stir in cream; heat through.

Cook Time

Prep time: 40 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours 10 min
Yields: Serves 8 people

Lamb Stew Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lamb stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth, reduced-sodium
  • 12 ounces Guinness stout
  • 6 medium red potatoes, peeled, cut into1-inch cubes
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 8
Calories 311
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Sugar 6 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 26 g52%
Cholesterol 88 mg29%
Sodium 829 mg35%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Would You Try To Catch A Leprechaun

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      Jo Miller 9 months ago from Tennessee

      Thanks for this very informative article. I did not know the story of St. Patrick's kidnapping. I'd love to read his biography.

      The stew recipe looks delicious. I'm sure it's the Guinness stout that makes it special.

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      James C Moore 9 months ago from The Great Midwest

      I had no ideal that there were types of leprechauns. I'm going to write down that lamb stew recipe. Good read.

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      BODYLEVIVE 9 months ago from Alabama, USA

      Hello there FlourishAnyway, good to see you and thank you for commenting. I'm with you, I wouldn't try to catch a leprechaun either. Besides, I just couldn't move that fast!

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      FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

      Very interesting history. I love Ireland and would never try to catch a leprechaun. Regardless of his gold, I wouldn't know what to do with him once caught but let him go.