Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

The 'force' with Mark Hamill at Dublin's St. Patrick's Day

The 'force' with Mark Hamill at Dublin's St. Patrick's Day

They identify Patrick's fifth century Christian witness on these shores as a manifestation of the early Apostolic church and are alienated from the overt Hibernian politicisation of a day that should be shared by all creeds and classes.

Breffny Morgan: It's the day of his death, yes, the date is disputed, the date of his arrival to Ireland is 432, so this is when Ireland became quite Catholic and during the Middle Ages we became the land of saints and scholars, it was a very academic style place with lots of monasteries. Legend says his real name was Maewyn Succat, but he later changed it to Patricius (or Patrick), which derives from the Latin term for father figure. Because it was expected that we'd be fasting and abstaining from alcohol during Lent, and traditionally we'd be granted a dispensation so we could celebrate and toast the great St. Patrick. ( Reuters ) A woman with a leprechaun on her hat watches the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland, on March 17, 2018. According to Huffington Post, the original color associated with St.Patrick's day was blue.

St Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland and the 17 March marks the traditional day of celebration.

Captured in a raid by Celtic marauders when he was sixteen, he was sold into slavery and spent the next six years as a shepherd in County Antrim, Ireland.

St Patrick is credited as the man who brought Christianity to Ireland, yet, regrettably, his March 17 anniversary is used by some Irish republicans as an occasion to pursue a narrow political agenda.

Although he soon made his way back to Britain, a second revelation from God informed him to return to Ireland as a missionary.

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Not only is the celebration marked in Ireland, it is celebrated across the world by the Irish diaspora. But more commonly people drink on Saint Patrick's days. They were of Irish descent from a small populated town of 90 in Ireland. So why do we associate him with the Irish holiday? Initially a religious feast day in the 17century, it has evolved into a day of celebrating Irish culture with parades, music, dancing and special foods.

March 17, 461 AD - St. Patrick dies.

So, St. Patrick was not Irish and his parents were Roman citizens.

"The parade and festival are not just for Irish people".

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