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Old 03-17-2009, 04:53 PM   #1
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Saint Patrick's Day — and the patron saint for which the holiday was named — has a colorful past filled with many traditions and stories. Upon closer inspection, it seems that a few of the legends told about Patrick were nothing but myth. We're here to clear the air.


How ironic is it that Ireland's patron saint wasn't even born on the island? St. Patrick was born with the given name Macwyn Succat around A.D. 385 in Scotland. It wasn't until he was kidnapped and enslaved by Irish bandits that he was brought to Ireland.


Popular myth speculates that St. Patrick chased all of the snakes from Ireland. In reality, there were never any snakes on the island. This myth is considered a metaphor for converting pagans and Druids to Catholocism and "chasing" them from Ireland.


Shamrock, or just sham? It's been told that St. Patrick used the three leaves of the shamrock to represent the Trinity (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit). This was never found in his writings, so is unsubstantiated.


Even though he is a Catholic saint, Patrick was actually born to a Roman Christian family. After six years in captivity, Patrick was said to have had religious dreams that told him to escape his captors and convert the people of Ireland to Catholocism.


The first St. Patrick's Day parade was actually in New York City in 1762. This American tradition, in which some cities such as Chicago dye their rivers green, was only recently adopted in Ireland.


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Old 03-17-2009, 05:26 PM   #2
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:32 PM   #3
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St. PI'S TRICKS - CloverfieLd

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Old 03-17-2009, 05:36 PM   #4
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Erin go bragh!
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:37 PM   #5
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HAPPY GREEN DAY!!!

thanks for that dantheman ...

i remember being a kid and forgetting to wear something green to school on this day ... the kids would delight in pinching me for not doing so ... i kept reminding them of my green eyes but by then it was always too late! ... OUCH!

remember those days?

then we get older and move on to ... green beer ...

blessings ...


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Old 03-17-2009, 06:32 PM   #6
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What are you all doing to celebrate St Paddy's Day. I was a bit sad I never made it to an Irish Bar yesterday. I did play Irish music though.

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Old 03-17-2009, 06:51 PM   #7
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I'M COOKING SOME CABBAGE


and making some of these
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:02 PM   #8
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Why do people that aren't Irish get so excited about St Patrick's day??
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:09 PM   #9
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I dunno. Im told by Irish folk that the rest of the world celebrates St Patricks Day more that they do in Ireland! Is that true Antonia

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Ps I reckon the music stirs the Irish genes in people of Irish background. I know it does me.
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:42 PM   #10
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Here is an expression which I believe explains why non-Irish celebrate St Pat's day with such fervor. . . . .

"Any reason for a party and having a good time is good enough."
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:43 PM   #11
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From Swanny>"Why do people that aren't Irish get so excited about St Patrick's day??"

Cos~ we love you ALL > from those small (but) mighty islands!!

A lot of us over here and everywhere in this world~ have relatives and lots of heritage from your part of the world.

Why~ do American's get so excited and crazy about your Royal Family~ same thing!

We are the original MELTING POT!

Don't even ask me~ how crazy the Italian American's> get over Columbus Day (and he wasn't even Italian)!

Lots of love too you Swanny!

Note, America (once) took pride in uniting its citizens in common virtues and goals.

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Old 03-17-2009, 07:57 PM   #12
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No Irish blood in me I'm 75% English 25% Welsh never even been there, I hear they don't like the English over there



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Old 03-17-2009, 07:58 PM   #13
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i am very proudly of irish descent, from both parents. green is my colour, i try to wear earth tones, to remind me that i am of the earth.

however, i refuse to wear green on st patricks day. i was named patrick, and raised very catholic. i mourn on st. patrick's day.
he was a book burner and boasts, in his 'confessions', to have burned hundreds of heathen books. this is in the fifth century, mind you, when books were works of illuminated art, hand done by scribes over many months.

so, what was lost of irish culture, history, philosophy. it has been said that the druids left no written records. if they did, patrick burned them.

patrick was a zealot and was responsible for beginning in ireland, what the spaniards and other enlightened christians did to the native americans, but twelve hundred years earlier.
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:12 PM   #14
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he was a very BAD man , that st. patrick
he slayed "snakes"
which were people,
who would NOT become catholic !!!

i'll celebrate my UK heritage -- i'm a DRURY !!!

drury is loosely translated as druid

The Drury's of Suffolk were a prominent knightly family in medieval days
with a total of eighteen Knights,
five of whom were Sheriffs of Norfolk and Suffolk,
and four Knights of the Shire.
Four Drurys, Sir Robert Drury of Rougham (died 1626),
Sir Henry Drury of Hedgerley (died 1617),
Sir Anthony Drury of Besthorpre (died 1638)
and Sir Dru Drury of Rollesby (died 1626),
were knighted in the Royal Garden at Whitehall on July 23, 1603
before the coronation of James I,
a remarkable achievement for a single family.

however, i will NOT celebrate st. patricks day

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Old 03-17-2009, 08:17 PM   #15
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Check it out...Dan started drinking that green beer
and started turning GREEN...then all that green beer made him lose his head after dancing an Irish Jig...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ind6fk1wi8w

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Old 03-17-2009, 09:00 PM   #16
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HaHa I'm a mutt, a little Irish, a little english, and a lot German! St. Patrick's day is just another excuse to party like Brinty says.
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:05 PM   #17
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HaHa I'm a mutt, a little Irish, a little english, and a lot German! St. Patrick's day is just another excuse to party like Brinty says.
seems like an excuse to have a nip of jameson's irish whiskey.
i'll have one right now.

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Old 03-17-2009, 09:07 PM   #18
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Yes, Oldpaganfreak, I resonate to ancient Ireland also, the land, the mist, the knowingness of pagan Ireland, before Patrick and his religion.

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Old 03-17-2009, 09:10 PM   #19
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mmmmm giovonni, corned beef and cabbage!, well I could do without the cabbage, but the corned beef and carrots and potato's look good!, no Irish whiskey here but I've got Canadian whiskey! I guess that will have to do!
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:30 PM   #20
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My great , great, great grandfather fought in the civil war here in the states and was all Irish, afetr the war he walked for over 100 miles in the winter /snow with rags on his feet so he could see his family. He caught pneumonia from that and passed away a few days after he did see his family. My family!

My Irish grandfather was a professional golfer here in michigan in the 1930's, still have his wooden putter.

Ah yes a day to celebrate , there use to be an "O" before my last name , got dropped but one day it's going back on.

So I say Happy St. Pattys Day to the avalon family, Gonna have a few guiness tonight. Way to go with all the illustrations today on this thread, it's what I expected, much creativity!
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:49 PM   #21
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:58 PM   #22
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Paddys Day when your young,
involves walkin up the town behind the local cement mixer lorry
or semi vintage tractor, in your gaelic football shorts
which offer no protection to the driving rain
or hailstones peltin off your legs,
to the sounds of a couple of tin whistle bands
belting out the same three tunes all the way round.

The weather was good this year,
so heres a couple songs for ye all,
for the day thats in it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2bTczkYv0U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nUUFEfy9x0
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:08 PM   #23
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Thanks Islandman!, but don't forget Whiskey in the Jar.......
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46EXY4oP1Do

and here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZDhn...eature=related
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:17 PM   #24
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I wish all of you, Irish or not, a wonderful celebration of spring! Watch out for the snakes ladies! I could not think of a more spectacular day to be alive, until tomorrow... Peace (and walk to the Lounge, don't drive)!

I love you all!

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Old 03-17-2009, 10:22 PM   #25
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i will have some of that green beer
to go with my green hair
happi pady day.....
my grandparent s came from irish
gypsys that explains a lot ....
ah! B gora !!!
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