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Kiss me, I am Irish! (Okay, half) Or just kiss me!

Today is Ireland National Day? The three known saints of Ireland are Saint Patrick, Saint Bridget and Saint Columba. However, Saint Patrick is the only one of the three who is commonly recognized as the patron saint. Saint Patrick’s Day,March 17, is celebrated in Ireland and abroad as the Irish National Day, with parades and other celebrations.
But what are the reasons for the kissing?
Some say it is a reference to the Blarney Stone. Kissing the Blarney stone brings you good luck so if you can’t kiss the stone the next best chance of getting good luck is “kissing an Irish person.” True or not true, who couldn’t use a good kissing to ring in Spring? So,…Pucker up!

 Now, If you want to know the story of good old St. Patty and why he was a chosen saint for remembrance,…here you go…

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat of a mystery.

What we do know is that he was…

Taken Prisoner By Irish Raiders

It is known that St. Patrick was born in Scotland to parents of wealth and means, near the end of the fourth centur, around 387 A.D. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. Although his father was a Christian deacon, it has been suggested that he probably took on the role because of tax incentives and there is no evidence that Patrick came from a particularly religious family. At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. (There is some dispute over where this captivity took place. Although many believe he was taken to live in Mount Slemish in County Antrim, it is more likely that he was held in County Mayo near Killala.) During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Due to his captivity, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. (It is also believed that Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.)

Guided By Visions

After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. According to his writing, a voice-which he believed to be God’s-spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland.

To do so, Patrick walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the Irish coast. After escaping to Britain, Patrick reported that he experienced a second revelation. In this vision, an angel in a dream tells him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Soon after, Patrick began a religious course of study that lasted more than fifteen years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland. He began to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish pagans.

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