Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Who was Saint Patrick?

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is well known for all sort of stories like the belief that he rid Ireland of all snakes.  Totally untrue and merely a result of many years of folklore and handed down stories that were often exaggerated. For your information Ireland never had snakes but it is thought that the meaning came from the fact that St Patrick was to eradicate all pagan beliefs!

It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century.   At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity.  Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. (It is also believed that Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.)

After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. According to his writing, a voice which he believed to be God's, spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland.

To do so, Patrick walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the Irish coast. After escaping to Britain, Patrick reported that he experienced a second revelation; an angel in a dream telling him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than fifteen years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish.

His mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. After that time, Patrick retired to County Down. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick's Day ever since.

So, are you feeling Irish?  Why not find out how Irish by completing the Irish quiz at this link?


Meanwhile I thought I would search through Etsy to find some Irish related items that had been created by the Boomers and Beyond Street Team (BBEST for short!).  Here goes…….


Irish Eyes Earrings


J Stinson




4 Knit Shamrock Mugrugs


Blazing Needles



Dichroic Shamrocks Brooch


Designs by Christine




Neighborhood Girl - Original Watercolor ACEO


Six Sisters




St. Pats Day Can Cozies


Bags and More by Pam


Why not take a scroll over to Etsy and search for more wonderful items from the BBEST team?  Follow the BBEST link or just type in BBEST when you do a search and see what comes up!  I think you may be amazed by the talent in this team, but then I am biased!!!

May the roads rise to meet you.
May the wind be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rain fall soft upon your fields
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.



Happy St Patrick’s Day to you!



AltheaP said...

Which is the verse that ends, "May the Devil not know you're dead 'til you're at the gates of heaven."

Sixsisters said...

Gret blog Pat. I was wondering why they chose the
17th and I got the answer .

Sixsisters said...

Thank you for including my aceo too ! xx

Chauncey said...

And a Happy St. Pat's Day to you!!

Interesting post.

Dena said...

Great blog post... I enjoyed it very much... :)

the 6 o'clock stitch said...

I love the Neighborhood Girl watercolor. So nice to meet you. Thanks for introducing yourself (and your blog) in the forums.

Warm wishes...
The 6 O'Clock Stitch

Pam said...

Pat, you always share the most interesting stories about everything! Wish I had know all this yesterday when my 4, almost 5-year old granddaughter was so excited about the St. Patrick's Day things she had made at pre-school, and then proceeded to say, "What's St. Patrick's Day?" Thanks for educating all of us, and for including my can cozies among those other marvelous Paddy Day creations!

Anonymous said...

Wow... thanks for the informative post!


Rachel said...

those earrings are so pretty!

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