St Patrick's Day

17th March 2021

St Patrick's Day
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He is known for introducing Christianity to Ireland.
Facts about St Patrick
  • Saint Patrick was born in Wales in the fifth Century.
  • He was taken to Ireland as a slave. He was taken by pirates from Wales to Ireland when he was 16.
  • He was forced to herd pigs and sheep, but he escaped after 6 years.
  • He became a Christian priest.
  • He returned to Ireland and converted many Irish people to Christianity.
  • Saint Patrick died on the 17th March, which is when St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated every year.
The shamrock is a St. Patrick’s Day symbol because Saint Patrick used the shamrock to teach the concept of the Holy Trinity.
The three leaves represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Three in one.
Shamrocks are also used to symbolise Ireland as a country.
The colour green is used to represent Ireland and Saint Patrick because of the shamrock and many people wear green on St Patrick's Day.
The leprechaun is also used as a symbol to celebrate St Patrick's Day.
It is a type of fairy usually taking the form of an old man who enjoys mischief.
Leprechauns are part of Irish mythology. In stories, they make shoes and store coins in pots of gold hidden at the end of rainbows. They are Irish and people find them interesting so they therefore symbolise St. Patrick’s Day worldwide.
The Flag of Ireland
The national flag of Ireland - Irish: bratach na hÉireann, frequently referred to in Ireland as 'the tricolour' and elsewhere as the Irish tricolour, is the national flag and ensign of the Republic of Ireland. The flag itself is a vertical tricolour of green (at the hoist ), white and orange.