Saint Patrick is Ireland's patron saint, but have you ever explored the history and origins of St. Patrick?
Did you know that he was not born in Ireland?
Did you know he was brought to Ireland at first and kept as a slave?
Did you know that he is credited with bringing Christianity to the pagan Celtic people of Ireland?
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Celebrating Saint Patrick
Today we celebrate St. Patrick, and everything that is Irish - our customs and culture, our language, our heritage, our food and drink. And I raise my glass to you - the readers of my blog.
Thank you all for following my ramblings and recipes. I appreciate your support and your comments throughout my years of blogging. It has been a wonderful journey exploring what it means to be Irish and American.
A very happy St. Patrick's Day from Irish American Mom.
And to honor our favorite saint I thought we might explore some facts or suppositions about his origins and evangelical works.
Where Was Saint Patrick Born?
St. Patrick’s birthplace is debated. No one knows if it’s Kilpatrick in Scotland or Bannavem Taburniae (thought to have been in Wales but not on any map!)
Scholars claim he first returned to Ireland as a Bishop landing in either Strangford Loch, Co. Down or Slane, Co. Meath.
Legend holds he banished snakes from Ireland. But Ireland as an island nation was cut off from the rest of Europe at the end of the Ice Age. Were snakes symbolic of paganism? Did St. Patrick really banish all the snakes from Ireland?
The good folks at Murphy's of Ireland created this fantastic infographic detailing the life of St. Patrick.
Thanks to Murphy of Ireland for dedicating so much time to putting this graphic together and sharing it with us.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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