Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy yourself -- Then remember it's still Lent

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy yourself -- Then remember it's still Lent

St. Patrick's Day has evolved over time from a religious holiday observed in honor of St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, into a celebration of all things Irish. One of the best-known legends is how he used the three-leaf clover to teach the Irish the concept of the holy trinity. The celebration in Dublin has become a week-long event called St. Patrick's Festival with fireworks, open-air music and a parade.

One St. Patrick's Day morning when I was in the third grade, as Shillue family legend has it, I barged into the kitchen wearing my green sweater and paper leprechaun hat. Great company is always a guarantee for an epic night. "Our reps tell us that we are one of just a few in the area who are decorating for St. Patrick's Day and offering free giveaways, so we've been getting tons of free stuff that we'll give out on Saturday".

F45 Training at Randwick posted a photo of two Irish members, wishing them a happy "St Paddies Day".

Traffic restrictions are in place on most parade routes and people, are advised to plan their route before travelling.

According to the confession of Patrick, when he was about 16, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home on mainland Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland, looking after animals. While there, he spent much time in prayer and finally escaped after seeing a vision in a dream.

In the USA city of Chicago, the Chicago River was dyed a bright shade of green, kicking off the city's St. Patrick's Day festivities.

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"You don't have to drag people out here, they want to come out, they want to be part of it, so it's very good". Green dates back to the 1700s, when supporters of Irish independence from England used green as the color to represent their cause.

The B.I.S. was formed in 1825 to help Irish settlers, and now works to preserve and promote Irish culture on P.E.I. - it regularly holds lectures, step-dancing classes, ceilidhs and concerts at its hall on North River Road in Charlottetown.

Despite that, Irish people who have moved to Rochester and settled here said they have been met with warm receptions.

According to National Geographic - and they know their stuff - St. Patrick most certainly did not drive the snakes out of Ireland. But, since the last glacial epoch, and Ireland is an island surrounded by the bitterly cold Atlantic Ocean, cold-blooded snakes had no way of slithering onto Irish shores.

Patrick & Why do we celebrate him?

"In that way, we've got a whole new younger Irish group coming through".

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