TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE
On March 17th Irish and non-Irish, humans, cats, and dogs will celebrate Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick,” or most commonly known as St. Patrick’s Day. Although, this year, the public festivities may have been postponed or cancelled amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Saint Patrick, patron saint and national apostle of Ireland, is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. For some, March 17th is a religious celebration, marking the traditional death date of Saint Patrick.
Largely initiated by emigrants, this secular observance commemorates their heritage and culture.
The most elaborate celebrations include colourful parades in Boston and New York City and for almost fifty years, the Chicago River has been dyed green for the occasion.
It is a waterway that has all sorts of really big issues that we focus on a lot more than vegetable dye going in on one day
–Josh Mogerman (Nat’l Resources Defense Council)
Although blue was the original colour associated with the celebration, Green has become the tradition:
Green beer, attire, shamrocks and clover, and glimpses of mischievous Leprechauns.
IRISH DOG BREEDS:
- Glen of Imaal Terrier
- Irish Red and White Setter
- Irish Setter
- Irish Terrier
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Irish Wolfhound
- Kerry Beagle
- Kerry Blue Terrier
- Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier
Bred more than two hundred years ago, these hardy, working dogs also made the best companions. Click each breed to learn more. For example, did you know some tails were docked for the purpose of saving tax?
NO MATTER HOW, OR IF YOU PLAN TO CELEBRATE:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.