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  Weekly Feature: March 15, 2004

Dina's Weekly Feature
Saint Patrick's Day



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 the Irish.

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.


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