St. Patrick’s Day – in the land of saints and scholars
Dust off your shamrock bowler – it’s St. Patrick’s Day next month!
The 17th March has been a good excuse for a shindig for centuries. And it’s all in honour of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who’s credited for bringing Christianity to the country and who died on this day back in the year 493 AD.
Legend has it that St. Patrick rid Ireland of snakes, though this is seen as purely symbolic of his efforts to drive out Paganism. Ireland’s been snake-free since the last ice age, apparently!
Since the 1970s, St. Patrick’s Day has become more of a celebration of Irish culture – and we think it’s definitely an occasion worth raising a glass to.
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