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It’s Saint Patrick‘s Day today and people all over the world will be getting ready to celebrate the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint.
Here are a few fast facts about St Patrick’s Day:
- Until fairly recently, Saint Patrick’s Day was celebrated only as a religious holiday. It became a public holiday only in 1903, by the Bank Holiday (Ireland) Act 1903, an Act of the United Kingdom Parliament introduced by the Irish MP James O’Mara
- Irish MP James O’Mara also successfully passed a law for pubs and bars to remain closed on St Patrick’s Day (can you imagine how popular he was!). This law was repealed in the 1970′s.
- The first St Patrick’s Day Parade in the Republic of Ireland was held in 1931
- The shortest St Patrick’s Day parade in the world takes place in Dripsey, Co Cork. The parade lasts just 100 yards and travels between the village’s two pubs
- Although Saint Patrick’s Day has the colour green as the theme, Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue.
- The first parade did not begin in Ireland but in the United States.
- In addition to Ireland and Northern Ireland, St Patrick’s Day is observed as a public holiday in Montserrat, and also in Newfoundland & Labrador.
In honour of St Patrick’s Day….lets go GREEN!
I am off out to a local street parade in Co. Laois later today, and I’ll also be participating in their open-air craft market on the village green afterwards. Can’t wait! :-)
Why not check out THIS LINK to see if there are any St. Patrick’s Day events happening near you today?