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Little Known Facts About St. Patrick!

Posted by on 3/17/2017 to Celtic Legends
Little Known Facts About St. Patrick!

March 17th commemorates the memory of St. Patrick. Here are some interesting facts, thanks to the History Channel, that you might not have known about Ireland’s Patron Saint! You can check out their St. Patrick’s Day Video.

 

1.     St. Patrick was born in Britain when it was under Roman rule, making him Roman.

2.     St. Patrick spent 6 years in captivity after being kidnapped by Irish raiders at the age of 16.

3.     After converting to Christianity, which he found while in captivity, he returned to Ireland to devote his life as a Christian missionary.

4.     St. Patrick did not become popular for centuries after his death around 460 A.D.

5.     St. Patrick did not drive all the snakes from Ireland, rather, it was a metaphor for “cleansing the island of paganism,” considering Ireland had no snakes to begin with.

6.     Irish Christians started wearing Shamrocks on March 17th to show their religious and cultural pride, as St. Patrick used the Shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.

7.      In Ireland St. Patrick’s Day is more of a religious holiday.

8.     St. Patrick’s Day Parades actually originated in the United States after the Potato Famine drove 100’s of thousands of Irish immigrants here.

 

Now perhaps when you wear shamrocks to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you will know why and will be able to share some neat facts with your friends over your favorite pint on March 17th Erin Go Bragh!!! (Irish Gaelic for Ireland Forever)

 

For some Irish Shamrock Jewelry to wear this year, check out some of these products!

·      Shamrock Pendant with square picture frame

·      Shamrock Earrings

·      Shamrock Necklace with Malachite gemstone

·      Shamrock Pin

·      Shamrock Seeds

·      Shamrock Necklace Pendant with Glass Bead

The Story of St. Patrick

Posted by Cynthia, TCJS Designer on 3/2/2017 to Celtic History
The Story of St. Patrick
St. Patrick, whose Feast Day on the 17th March has become in modern times an almost international event, is the Patron Saint of Ireland. Less well known is the fact that he shares this honour with two other Irish holy people of the early Christian period (5th/6th centuries); the missionary St. Columba (also called Colmcille) and the abbess Brigid (known as Bride in England). 

Tricolors of Ireland

Posted by Cynthia, TCJS Designer on 1/20/2017 to Celtic History
Tricolors of Ireland

Green represents the Gaelic traditions of Ireland and the Irish Roman Catholics.

Orange represents the followers of William of Orange, loyalist to the English crown and the Irish Protestants.

White center represents a desire for peace between both and finally a unified, self-governing Ireland

Legend of the Scottish Thistle

Posted by Cynthia, TCJS Designer on 9/17/2016 to Celtic Legends
Legend of the Scottish Thistle
The national symbol of Scotland and its national flower. And the wee little flower that saved an entire country.

Legend of the Celtic Mermaid

Posted by Cynthia, TCJS Designer on 1/26/2016 to Celtic Legends
Legend of the Celtic Mermaid
The Celtic Mermaid has deep roots in Irish and Scottish folklore as both friend and foe.

Legend of the Celtic Cat

Posted by Cynthia, TCJS Designer on 1/26/2016 to Celtic Legends
Legend of the Celtic Cat

Fairies abound in the Celtic Isles taking the form of a cat, frog or wee bog spirit.

Story of the Irish Claddagh

Posted by Cynthia, TCJS Designer on 12/14/2015 to Celtic Legends
Story of the Irish Claddagh
The most endearing of all Irish symbol the Claddagh has been passed down from generation to generation.