Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland,
was born in Britain near the end of the 4th Century. It is
believed he died on March 17th, around 460 A.D.
At the age of 16, he was taken prisoner by a
group of Irish raiders. He was taken to Ireland where he spent
six years in captivity. During this time he turned to his
religion for comfort, becoming a devout Christian.
He eventually escaped from Ireland and
returned to England where he became a priest. He went back to
Ireland to minister to Christians already there and to convert
Find out more about Saint Patrick, the
history of the holiday, and information about Ireland at
The History of Saint Patrick
Ever heard of the term ‘blarney”? “Blarney”
is defined as “pleasant talk, intending to deceive without
offending” and was introduced to the English language by
Elizabeth I of England. Read about Blarney Castle and kissing
the blarney stone at
Blarney Castle or
Discover Ireland: Blarney Castle
Green is worn on Saint Patrick’s Day. The
colour green is related to Ireland. The tradition of wearing
green on Saint Patrick’s Day was started by school children.
If you wear green on March 17th, you won’t get pinched! Saint
Patrick Day’s activities for children can be found at
Activities for Children Activities include colouring
pages, crafts, puzzles, and online stories.