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                                                                       St. Patrick and Ireland

St. Patrick‘s Day began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, today it has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture.

Do you know that

• The Vikings founded Dublin in 988.
• Dublin was originally called Dubh Linn meaning Black Pool
• St. Patrick is the patron saint of fishermen.
• Ireland's largest church is St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin
• St. Patrick was the first person in history to speak out against slavery and he is the Patron Saint of the Excluded. By the time of his death, or shortly thereafter, the Irish stopped     slave trading and they never took it up again.
• St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh stands on a bit of land called the ridge of the willow tree. According to legend, this land was given to St. Patrick by Irish chief     Daire, after St Patrick brought him and his horse back to life.
• The jawbone of St.Patrick was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits and as a preservative against the evil eye
• Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, is named after the Irish nun Edana who founded a convent there in the 6th century
• Ireland is the world's 20th largest island
• Ireland is the best place on the planet to avoid an earthquake. No epicentre has ever been recorded there.
• Ireland had its own werewolf legend. These creatures were believed to be the souls of the damned who had rejected the teachings of St. Patrick

                                                                   An Irish Wish for a Friend

                                                                    Wishing you a rainbow
                                                                  For sunlight after showers-
                                                              Miles and miles of Irish smiles
                                                                    For golden happy hours-
                                                                Shamrocks at your doorway
                                                                   For luck and laugher too,
                                                          And a host of friends that never ends
                                                             Each day your whole life through!