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St Patrick’s day a milestone every year!

Updated on May 5, 2011


St Patrick’s day a milestone every year!

 What is St patrick’s day and who is St Patrick?


Well according to Wikipaedia:

“Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), colloquially St. Paddy's Day or Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa 385–461 AD), one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on March 17.

The day is the national holiday of Ireland. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Montserrat, and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. In the rest of Canada, Great Britain, Australia, the United States and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday.

It became a feast day in the Roman Catholic Church due to the influence of the Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding in the early part of the 17th century, and is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland. The feast day usually falls during Lent; if it falls on a Friday of Lent (unless it is Good Friday), the obligation to abstain from eating meat (usually corned beef) can be lifted by the local bishop. The date of the feast is occasionally, yet controversially, moved by church authorities when March 17 falls during Holy Week; this happened in 1940 when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on April 3 in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and happened again in 2008, having been observed on 15 March. March 17 will not fall during Holy Week again until 2160.”

So there you have it It falls on March 17 and will continue to do so until 2160. So I guess I wont be around when it changes (if it does) so neither will any of you!

Who was St Patrick

Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.

Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been - the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age.

There are two notable accounts of Saint Patrick's death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was viewed as a protection in times of illness and to ward off the "evil eye." Another account says that St. Patrick died at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. There is a St. Patrick’s Chapel still existing in Glastonbury Abbey. Today, there are many St. Patrick’s churches, cathedrals and the like, the one  in New York probably being the best known one outside of Ireland.

What happens on St Patrick’s day?

All around the world there are parties, parades and festivities. Beer is dyed green and in some towns rivers and dams are dyed green too. Much Guinness, Jamison’s Irish Whiskey and “green beer” is drunk ( to excess I might add). Everyone tries to go to an Irish pub or restaurant on that day too.

Personal Perspective.

I have Irish ancestry. My Great Grandfather came to South Africa as part of the Irish contingent of the !820 settlers so although well diluted by genealogy  I still feel very Irish at times and as a young man I had a reddish tinge to my Fair hair and a temperament to match. Since my hair (what is left of it that is) has burnt from fire to ashes and the temperament is now fairly even unless I get really fired up.

St Pat’s day has a special significance for me dating back to my days in the newspaper industry. Many of my pals were journalists and editors of various local newspapers whom I met when installing electronic editing systems for newspaper publishing. I wrote, implemented and did the training of the staff to use the systems and so became intimately acquainted with a number of these individuals. One of these was the Managing editor of a small group of these papers. He was a classical Irishman. His father was Irish. Like all Irishman he told a good story, worked hard and equally played hard too. He was large red-headed, bearded and had a marvelous turn of phrase. In short good company at any level.

Work Hard Play Hard

Because of the work hard play hard ethic December month was particularly trying, playing havoc with weight and sobriety. The remedy was to swear off drink from January 1 to March 17. This of course was also a Lenten penance of sorts. A group of us would undertake the annual sobriety pledge and most of us would stick to it. However, come March 17, we would have an almighty party even breakers of the pledge were invited . Green Beer was supplied in a keg –  in later years we needed two kegs as we easily finished one - , Jamieson’s Whiskey  and to finish off Irish Mist as a liqueur were also available. We also had a braai (barbecue) consisting of prawns (jumbo shrimp) and other delicacies to enable us to drink on a “full stomach”.

Getting safely home.

In addition each of us received a sticker for our windshield indicating that we were on duty for the aforesaid Newspaper group. This contrivance salvaged many of us at the roadblocks that were always plentiful on the night. A policeman would then drive us home in our own vehicles, followed by another officer to pick them up after the duty. It was simply an indulgence by the officiating policemen knowing full well the fame of that newspapers St Pat’s party and turning a benevolent blind eye to the revelry. Perhaps an awareness of how many policeman around the world are in fact of Irish descent (particularly so in the USA) may have played a small role here.

So let’s all have a jar or a dram on St Pat’s day March 17.


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      Clive Fagan 9 years ago from South Africa

      Marisue Your response could have been a hub in it's own right. an Ode to the seasons and your upcoming move to Oklahoma. Thanks for  your fulsome praise praise and I still do intend writing more about my life experiences. In fact i am just mulling over the cellphone hubmob as just such a vehicle. It is in my head at the moment and not yet on paper (screen). i toss a hub around in my head forming a story line and some key sentences and when I am ready to write it just flows!

      I really enjoyed your comments and your shared thoughts thank you!

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      marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

      I know what you mean, the coming of a cold season can at first be fun, then quickly turns to gloomish as we deal with bitter winds, frosty days and nights and ice!! It's odd, but I like cloudy days, gives me a feeling of a warm blanket. I do love the sunshine if it's not over 85, ---my body does not do well with hot hot temps.

      When I get to heaven, I hope I can request 72 degrees with a nippy breeze at times. =))

      Florida is not my kind of weather, the air is thickish and smothering during June to October, and sometimes many days in April and May. Oklahoma can have miserable weather, but it does change quite often, which is easier for me at least to deal with. I love variety in most/all things!

      My favorite of your hubs? Those that talk about your life, you come alive!! I think biographies of the people that make the world keep spinning, are so interesting....and you are one of those that keeps us balanced!

      When I'm gone, if they say "She did her best to keep us balanced in a whirlwind of turmoil..." I will feel my life meant something. What worth....a steady hand!!! Yes?

      =)) I'm accused of being too much a "realist" but after all, that's where we are.

      I have vivid imagination...but it does have an anchor that pulls me back into my "zone." A kite with a tail....that's me. LOLOLOL

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      Clive Fagan 9 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Marisue Nice of you to drop by. Tomorrow is St Pat's day. Beginning of spring, almost end of lent (easter). For us it marks the beginning of winter ugh!

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      marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

      Somehow I missed this hub....nice tribute to the Irish Historical Holiday...I too, am of Irish descent, and English.  and American Indian, and who knows what else.  LOL

      Since I hate being pinched, I try to remember to wear some obvious place. 

      When Irish eyes, are smilin'....Happy St Patty Day!!

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      Clive Fagan 9 years ago from South Africa

      Not so much short tempered as against once the ire is up, Slow fuse, big explosion!. I too will toast you on St Pat;s Thanks for your comments and for stopping by, Much appreciated

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      Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great history and personal story, Sixty! I just cannot imagine you as being short-tempered! You're just wayyyy too sweet for that!

      I'll toast you on St. Paddy's Day, but my beer will be its normal colour from a bottle.

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      Clive Fagan 9 years ago from South Africa

      Ag Probably ok just green food dye totally harmless. Although i'm Told (Ha) that the hangovers after green beer are worse!

      CW and so the stuff of legends are made. I love all the information out there in The Wild wild west (AKA WWW). Thanks for your interesting contribution and support, as always much appreciated! As you can see from the hub there are conflicting stories of who he was and how he died.Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland, are false, the products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling. See

      Anna Marie thank you for your kind words. I see from your atavar your hair too is made of the glow from a fire. Do you have a spirit to match this? LOL

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      Anna Marie Bowman 9 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub!!! I love the way you talk about red hair burning from fire to ash!!! So poetic!!!

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      A cousin-in-law is a Wiccan, and to them St. Patrick was a blood-thirsty monster. The snakes he drove from Ireland were really the Pagan priests and holy men, whom he slaughtered to make it easier for him to force his religion on the Irish.

      ...Or so the story goes.

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      Peter 9 years ago from Australia

      I don't recall it making me ill , so I guess it wasn't too green! lol

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      Clive Fagan 9 years ago from South Africa

      A green pasty I take it!

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      Peter 9 years ago from Australia

      LOL, we were only kids remember, I had not graduated to beer then.

      I think it was green lolly water, and a pasty?

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      Clive Fagan 9 years ago from South Africa

      Aah and later the green beer eh!

      We did not do any marching here. the Irish ciontingent in SA is (was) just too small (like Leprechauns I guess). Although I do remember a tough Irish school teacher named Doreen Meader (great Irish Name to be sure!)

      Ag thanks for stopping by and supporting as usual. Much appreciated!

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      Peter 9 years ago from Australia

      G'day sixty, I remember as a kid er.....xx years ago, here in Melbourne every catholic school kid marched up the main street, and accompanied by the all of the Marching bands they could find, paid homage to the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne . Twas a foin site to be sure, to be sure!


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