Patrick's parents were Roman citizens living in Scotland or Wales. St Patrick is now celebrated across the world as our patron saint. Proving you don't need to be born here to be Irish. We truly are the land of hundreds of thousands of welcomes.
St Patrick rid all the snakes from Ireland! Legend has it that the snakey reptiles attacked St. Patrick while he was on a 40-day fast. He then chased them all into the sea. Although in my earlier singleton days I definitely meet a few who survived.
The first St Patrick's Day parade was in Boston in 1737.
Not one to miss a party, Ireland joined the fun in 1903 where Waterford joined the club hosting our first St. Patrick's Day parade.
If you visit Ireland this year you'll find all sorts of parades. Short, long funny or arty we have it all.
Did you know Ireland including its flag were represented by blue? In 1798 when the colour green became officially associated with Ireland.
St Patrick's Day is celebrated in Space. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in countries across the globe, and even in lower orbit. In fact, many iconic monuments turn green to celebrate. It has even been marked on NASA’s International Space Station.
St Patrick's given birth name was Maewyn Succat, he took on Patrick when he became a priest. So we could be celebrating “Maewyn Day” instead of “St Patrick’s Day”. It doesn't have the same ring to it!