The lucky man from Britain who was enslaved on The Emerald Isle has been immortalized as a patron saint and a spiritual shepherd who led the Druids from a four leaf clover to a three leaf clover symbolizing the Catholic trinity.

One of the most widely celebrated holidays is Saint Patrick's Day, March 17th. It doesn't matter whether one is Irish or not, the holiday has grown so popular that many countries hold parades in honor of the Irish tradition. In fact, Saint Patrick's Day has become a celebration of not just the lucky saint, but of all things Irish.

Saint Patrick Quiz

  • What are some other names of the great saint? Answer; Maewyn Succat, Patricius, Patrizio, Paddy or St. Paddy.
  • Where was he kidnapped from? Answer: the British mainland.
  • What was his slave job? Answer: shepherd.
  • What does his pagan birth name (Succat) mean? Answer: warlike.
  • What does his baptismal name (Patricius) mean? Answer: noble.

My heritage includes Irish from both parents, along with some other ancestry. I recall my parents getting in friendly, funny arguments. Mom would say to me, "You're Roman Catholic, and dad would counter with, "No, you're Irish Catholic." Then they would fondly call each other a mick and a wop. Now I know that I am half Irish, and we always celebrated March 17th, somehow.

The wearing of a green hat, shamrock, or drinking something green, as well as attending a parade or certainly Mass, was always part of the day. Why green? Well, Ireland is known as The Emerald Isle, and the clover is green, and the holiday is in the Springtime which signifies green for new growth. I have seen lovely photos of green rivers dyed so on the holiday! It is also the color of sympathy for the time Ireland was trying to get independent of Britain in the late 18th century. So green has become a national color, enhanced on March 17th.

Things Irish Quiz

  • Where in Ireland is Saint Patrick's Cathedral? Answer: Dublin.
  • Name a famous Irish dance troupe. Answer: River Dance.
  • Name a famous Irish singing group made up of all females. Answer: Celtic Women.
  • Name a famous Gaelic game similar to hockey. Answer: hurling.
  • What are some of the foods served on Irish holidays? Answer; corned beef, Irish stew, potato dishes, shamrock shaped cookies with green icing.
Finally, ask where the phrase, "Luck of the Irish" came from. My research just suggests that the Irish have survived stolen lands, famines, and war so the phrase has aptly described their plight. Here is an example of an honoring of the Irish survival.

John Lennon Luck of the Irish Lyrics

If you had the luck of the Irish
You'd be sorry and wish you were dead
You should have the luck of the Irish
And you'd wish you was English instead!
luck o the Irish
A thousand years of torture and hunger
Drove the people away from their land
A land full of beauty and wonder
Was raped by the British brigands! Goddamn! Goddamn!

If you could keep voices like flowers
There'd be shamrock all over the world
If you could drink dreams like Irish streams
Then the world would be high as the mountain of morn

In the 'Pool they told us the story
How the English divided the land
Of the pain, the death and the glory
And the poets of auld Eireland

If we could make chains with the morning dew
The world would be like Galway Bay
Let's walk over rainbows like leprechauns
The world would be one big Blarney stone

Why the hell are the English there anyway?
As they kill with God on their side
Blame it all on the kids the IRA
As the bastards commit genocide! Aye! Aye! Genocide!

If you had the luck of the Irish
You'd be sorry and wish you was dead
You should have the luck of the Irish
And you'd wish you was English instead!
Yes you'd wish you was English instead!

So you see, I consider the Brit, Patrick, to have the luck of the Irish. His legacy and legend survives from the Celtic tradition with some myth and beautiful literature thrown in as March 17th approaches every year. Go ahead, celebrate! Create a snake dance, and undulate to a green field to search for a four leaf clover. Go golfing, or participate in horse racing, there is always some way to celebrate Irish.