March 4, 2014

11 Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

Filed under: HOLIDAYS — carolyncholland @ 3:00 am


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On March 17 most Americans consider themselves Irish.

My personal Irish heritage is pretty washed out—it goes back to Patrick Googins, who emigrated to the United States from Ireland in the mid-1700s (My Tinge of Irish Heritage: The Googins Family). A woolen weaver by trade, he entered the service of William Pepperrell, a native of Kittery. He married into the Rogers family, and his sons migrated to the pioneer country of Trenton, Maine (the Massachusetts Territory of Maine).

Thus I celebrate this drop of Irish blood running through my veins on March 17.

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  1.  When did the shamrock become a very well-known symbol representing Ireland and the Irish people?
  2.  Many people go to Lough Derg (Red Lake) on pilgrimages between June first and the fifteenth of August. What is Lough Derg supposed to be a cure for?
  3.  What was St. Patrick’s given name at birth?
  4.  What did St. Patrick consider himself at age 15?
  5. When and where did the first parade honoring St. Patrick take place?
  6.  What happened to St. Patrick when he was 16?
  7.  What river is dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day?
  8. What did St. Patrick do after he escaped from slavery?
  9.  What does legend say St. Patrick did at Lough Derg?
  10. What happened to St. Patrick while he was a prisoner?


Beer and St. Patrick’s Day go together—Irish pubs—but this wasn’t always the case in Ireland’s history. Why?  _______________.   What was the effect of this “why”? _________________.  When change was made, allowing beer and St. Patrick’s Day to go together? _____________________

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