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17 March
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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As mentioned yesterday, please check out episode 52, for our History of St. Patrick’s Day podcast.  In the meantime, check out all the content online related to St. Patrick’s Day:

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland, are false, the products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling.

History.com

Image from flickr user UrbanDigger.com.

Great information on the History Channel’s Website.

Wikipedia article

Celtic Lore from History Undressed.

On this St. Patrick’s Day, with a black president in the White House, it is interesting – and maybe even somewhat inspiring – to look back on the way the Irish-American and African-American stories have coursed through our history on parallel lines, each struggling against terrific prejudices and slanders.

From History News Network.

Read up on it!

St. Patrick’s Day (Holiday Histories)
The Harp and The Shamrock
The Story of St. Patrick’s Day
Paddy Whacked – The Irish Mob (History Channel)

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