St. Patrick - The Patron Saint of Ireland
A couple of interesting facts about the Patron Saint of Ireland. He was actually born in Britain, not Ireland. He was kidnapped and held as a slave for six years in Ireland. After he was freed, he returned back to Ireland as a Christian Missionary. He became the symbol of Irish Christian pride. The legend is that he used the three leaf clover to represent the Holy Trinity.
Many of the customs used for St. Patrick's Day did not originate in Ireland, but in the United States. The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City on March 17, 1762 by Irish soldiers.
St. Patrick, the holy and tutular man
His beard down his bosom like Aaron's ran:
Some from Scotland, some from Wales, will declare that he came,
But I care not from whence now he's risen to fame;
The pride of the world and his enemies scorning
I will drink to St. Patrick, today in the Morning!
He's a desperate big, little Erin go brah;
He will pardon our follies and promise us joy,
By the mass, by the Pope, by St. Patrick so long
As I live, I will give him a beautiful song!
No saint is so good, Ireland's country adorning:
Then hail to St. Patrick, today, in the morning!