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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patty's, Bulldogs!!!

As you may (or may not, depending on how much you drank) remember, March 17th is the world-wide holiday of St. Patrick's Day. Everyone wears green and celebrates their Irish heritage (even if they're not Irish). Ever wondered who St. Patrick was though? And what does he have to do with Ireland? And why a shamrock??

Have no fear, I'm here with a quick history lesson:

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St. Patrick was born in 387 AD and died on March 17, 461 AD. He was a Romano-British Christian missionary, and was a bishop in Ireland.

He was captured as a slave when he was 16 and worked in Ireland. He escaped back to his family at the age of 22, became a cleric, and eventually returned to Ireland as a bishop. He became the patron Saint of Ireland sometime during the 7th century.

St. Patrick is accredited with "driving all the snakes from Ireland," which is considered a metaphor for removing the pagan druids from the majority of Ireland. And also actual snakes. Because they're creepy.

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As for the Shamrock, which helped launch the Shamrock Shake (which is super awesome), it is associated with St. Patrick because he used the image of the shamrock to show people the Holy Trinity. He used the three-leaf plant to show the Christian idea of three people in one God.

Three was a sacred number in the pagan religions of Ireland, and there were a number of "Triple Goddesses" in ancient Ireland, including Brigid, 

Ériu, and the Morrigan. 

Below, let your eyes feast on St. Patrick's Cathedral, located in Dublin, Ireland. It was built in 1119 and was constructed in the gothic style of that time. It is, in fact, the larger of the two Church of Ireland Cathedral's that are in Dublin. There is a sizeable park alongside the cathedral, and multiple masses are held there throughout the week. 

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Photo credit: Lauren Ebelt 

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Photo credit: Lauren Ebelt 

posted by: Emily