Don't pinch me, I'm at least 1/4th Irish
I know very little about my heritage on my Dad's side if the family, but I've been told that part of my Mom's family has Irish roots.
A year or so ago, I saw a history special that told the story about Saint Patrick and how the man that banished the serpents from the Emerald Isle came to have a holiday named after him (March 17th being the day of his death).
To post something a bit different, here's the general summary from what I can remember from it.
Some minor details may be off, so those who know the story better, please don't judge too harshly
Back when the Christian faith was becoming a more accepted religion, Patrick was a 16 year old lad in England who enjoyed a rather carefree life with his family.
He lived comfortably and wasn't very concerned with the spiritual aspects of life.
Then on one fateful day Patrick was kidnapped by raiders and taken to Ireland, where he lived as a slave for several years. Just as he was sure he'd die a slave in this foreign land, Patrick recieved a message from God, telling him to be strong and wait.
Sometime later while he was out tending his master's herd, Patrick heard God's voice again, telling him that it was time go and how there was a ship that could take him away from here.
So Patrick left and traveled 200 miles until he finally reached the port where the ship was, and made the voyage home.
His family and friends celebrated his return and for a while he was happy to be back with them, but his experience changed his spiritual outlook, and so he joined the church to become a cleric.
One night Patrick was visited by the voice of God yet again, this time telling him that his place was back in Ireland where he was needed. Patrick spoke with his fellow men of the cloth and told them of his wish to go back to Ireland.
They were stunned by his request. Ireland was a pagan country that was unexplored and full of Celtic barbarians. News of any people making it back from that mysterious country were virtually unheard of.
And yet Patrick had managed to come back.
After much pleading, the newly ordained Bishop Patrick left his country yet again, back to the very land he had yearned to escape from years before.
The things that Patrick learned during his years of enslavement proved to be of very great use. He was familiar with the language, their customs, how their systems of hierarchy worked, and what he needed to say and do in order to be granted safe passage during his travels.
During all of this, Patrick spread the words of Christianity.
He found it easier to explain his faith, not by arguing that Christianity was superior, but by taking articles from their religion to illustrate the connections they had in his own, such as going by their belief that water was the gateway to the spirit world to explain the importance of Baptism.
Through this manner of teaching Patrick was able to convert a great number of the Irish people.
....And that's all that I can remember from it in clear detail.
There was more about how a group of his Irish converts were attacked in raid years later (some killed, the rest sold into slavery) but I couldn't remember enough of the details surrounding that to mention it properly.... 9_9;
Thank you for reading and I hope it proved to be a little educational
St. Patrick's Day Song List
"Shepherd Moons" by Enya www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM9UWn…
"Nil Se'n La" by Celtic Woman www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CgBs3…
"The Isle of Inisfree" by Celtic Woman www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVAmP4…
"The Coast of Galacia" by Celtic Woman www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqU9Mv…
"Siuil a run (walk my love)" by Celtic Woman www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIFI8D…
"Galway Bay" by Celtic Woman www.youtube.com/watch?v=geCEqz…
"Carrickfergus" by Celtic Woman www.youtube.com/watch?v=laXiCQ…
"Dulaman" by Celtic Woman www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogGplC…
"The Ashoken Farewell/The Contradiction" by Celtic Woman www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbD03W…
"The New Ground" & "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears" by Celtic Woman www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggbcKx…