#StPatricksDay – A few historical facts

  • St. Patrick was born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland in AD 387.
  • At age 16, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village and took him back to Ireland. During his captivity, he came closer to God.
  • He escaped from slavery after six years and went to Gaul where he studied in the monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre for a period of twelve years.
  • His wishes were to return to Ireland, to convert the native pagans to Christianity. But his superiors instead appointed St. Palladius. But two years later, Palladius transferred to Scotland. Patrick, having adopted that Christian name earlier, was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland.
  • 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.





#FRIDAYFOOD – #StPatricksDay Feast

A few St. Patrick’s Days ago, I joined a Celtic group who gather a few times a year in the Golden  Triangle area for a lovely Irish-themed luncheon consisting of corned beef and cabbage, with carrots and potatoes and Irish Soda Bread.

The food, the company and the charm of the occasion was so special. I can’t remember what was for dessert, but I remember it was green! Everyone had a fun time with a historic presentation by the host and quite a lot of lively conversation about Irish heritage. Later that evening, they would meet at the top floor of Mugshots in Starkville for more merry-making and some sort of unofficial St. Patrick’s Day parade. I did not attend the second part of the meeting because I knew it would last until the early hours of the morning! Continue reading


A few “throwback pix” from 2012…I always wanted to catch the perfect photo of kids searching for a four-leaf clover on St. Patrick’s Day….in 2012, I got my wish with very little cajoling! (Unfortunately, if you are my niece or nephew, you have to be prepared at all time to have your picture taken! Bless their hearts!)

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