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,Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, March 14, 2001 SB I I Gille shing Patrick was an a shepherd, a scholar most successful in history. He is saint of Ireland, but one of the earliest, if first, priest to teach to the Irish. There stories regard- details of his life be- the early history of Ire- embellished with leg- that it is dilY1- *distinguish fact from to one legend, he of RomaN. ancestry born in Scotland. His a high-ranking dea- Rman garrison. tradition relates Patrick was a Ro- his name was Patri- His father was a collector named and his mother was English. The family lived Christianity. for his warmth, understanding ing to capture a "Wee one" care it, "Whoever kisses the Stone in Britain in the fifth century. According to popular legend, and lively sense of humor. It is must be taken to not mistake a of Blarney Castle will be Most legends agree that Patrick drove the snakes out of said that an Irishman's two leprechaun for an Irish ban- blessed with the gift of el- Patrick was captured and sold Ireland and into the sea. How- most precious possessions are shee. quence." The one rule of "blar- into slavery in Ireland when ever, at that time, snakes were his religion and his keen sense Irish folklore abounds withneying" is that it must be done he vas about 16. One story a sign of paganism and some of humor, stories of fairies or the "wee with a straight face. says his abductors were pi- say it was really paganism that An old Irish saying relates, People." One writer on the tra- Saint Patrick is remembered rates and another claims he he drove out of the country. "'tis a dark day indeed when a ditions of Ireland says that as the architect of the Irish was captured by Irish maraud- Ireland is known as the land cloud obscures an Irishman's fairies are only a few inches Catholic Church. He was also a ers. He spent at least six long, of the shamrock. The word is smile." high; that they are "light and man with an engaging person- hard years working as a shep- an old Irish name for clover. It The United States first cele- airy in form, so that one may ality who possessed great herd, praying for freedom until is said that Saint Patrick used brated St. Patrick's Day in dance on a dewdrop which warmth and an understanding he finally escaped, a green shamrock to explain Boston in 1737. To Americans trembles, indeed, but neverof his people's strengths and Patrick spent about seven the Blessed Trinity to theof Irish descent, March 17 is a breaks." weaknesses. He's recalled with years traveling around Europe Irish. He is quoted as saying to festive occasion with parades, The Irish are famous for earthly affection as well as rev- trying to determine his life's his audience, "There is one songfests, green beer, corned their humor, their folklore and erence. mission. Eventually, he decid- stem but there are three leaves beef and cabbage, painted their storytelling, and their in- A well known Irish blessing ed that he wanted to become a on it. So it is with the Blessed streets and dyed lakes. Many herent gift of Irish blarney, credited to Saint Patrick: true servant ofGod. Hestudied Trinity. There is one God but people, including many The word "blarney," meaningMay the road rise to meet you to become a priest at the three persons (Father, Son and non-Irish, "wear the green" to skillful flattery and persuasive May the wind be always at Monastery of Auxerre in Holy Ghost) stemming from avoid being pinched by a lep- speech, derives from Blarney, your back, France where he was known the same divinity." rechaun. Ireland, a village about four May the sun shine warm upon for his dedication and enthusi- After a long and fruitful life, A leprechaun is a mischie-miles northwest of Cork. The your face, asm. Saint Patrick died March 17, vous elf of Irish folklore. He Blarney Stone is located in the The rain fall soft upon your Several years later, he was 461, at the age of 76. His life's plays practical jokes and can northeast angle of the Blarney fields and, called to Rome where Pope Ce- mission was very successful, wish himself anywhere in the Castle several feet from the Until we meet again, lestine bequeathed the honor The Emerald Isle was almost twinkling of an Irish eye. If he top. Whoever kisses the stone May God hold you in the palm of Bishop upon him and gave entirely Christian by the time is caught, it is believed that he is said to acquire the fluency of of his hand. him permission to return to of his death, will reveal the hiding place of tongue known as "the gift of Ireland to convert the Irish to Saint Patrick is remembered treasure. However, when try- Blarney." 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