may your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

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It is said that there are two kinds of people, those who are Irish and those that wish that they were.  This couldn’t be more evident than on St. Patrick’s Day.  St. Patrick was born in Britain in the 300s AD.  His given name was Maewyn Succat, who at age 16 was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland.  He spent six years as a slave and during this time he turned to religion for consolation.  He managed to escape to Gaul where he changed his name to Patrick and studied at the monastery under St. Germain.  St. Patrick set about converting pagans to Christianity.  This angered Celtic Druids and he was imprisoned numerous times throughout his life.  St. Patrick is believed to have died on March 17th, which is also feast day in Ireland.  St. Patrick’s Day was a minor a holiday in Ireland and it was not until the 1970s that it grew in popularity there.  In fact, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were originally religious in nature and up until this time pubs were closed on March 17th.  In the United States, however, it has been a major event since the 1700s in both New York and Boston, where a great number of Irish immigrants had settled.  The festivities include wearing the colour green and drinking.  While the actual colour associated with St. Patrick is blue, green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th century.  In Irish folklore green is a colour associated with fairies and immortals; a lucky colour.  Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated internationally, by those both Irish and Irish-at-heart.  Whichever of the two categories under which you fall, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all!

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