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11 FACTS ABOUT ST. PATRICK’S DAY
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.
- When did the shamrock become a very well-known symbol representing Ireland and the Irish people?
- 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?
- What was St. Patrick’s given name at birth?
- What did St. Patrick consider himself at age 15?
- When and where did the first parade honoring St. Patrick take place?
- What happened to St. Patrick when he was 16?
- What river is dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day?
- What did St. Patrick do after he escaped from slavery?
- What does legend say St. Patrick did at Lough Derg?
- 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? _____________________
To learn the answers click on “more”
- When the Irish were under control of the English, many silent protests were held. Each person would wear a shamrock pinned to their shirt.*
- The Seven Deadly Sins**
- Maewyn Succat***
- A pagan**
- In New York City in 1762. Today it is the largest celebration and parade in the United States. Almost 3 million people come to see the parade which contains over 150,000 people and spans a mine and a half in length.*
- He was abducted and enslaved by Irish marauders under their leader, Niall of the Nine Hostages.** He was enslaved for 6 years.***
- The Chicago River, a practice begun in 1962. It was dyed using a vegetable dye and now is kept festively green for 4-5 hours with an environmentally safe dye.***
- He made his way to Gaul, changed his name to Patrick, and studied in the monastery under St. Germain.***
- He killed the lake monster there and its blood dyed the water red.**
- He turned to religion for solace.***
BONUS QUESTION ANSWER
Beer and St. Patrick’s Day go together—Irish pubs—but this wasn’t always the case in Ireland’s history. Why? In 1903 St. Patrick’s Day was recognized as a religious holiday, thus the pubs had to close. What was the effect of this “why”? For 67 years beer wasn’t available to the Irish population on St. Patrick’s Day. When change was made, allowing beer and St. Patrick’s Day to go together? The holiday was changed from a religious holiday to a national holiday.*