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St. Patrick’s Day 17 March 2010

Posted by Ryszard Oślizło in Great Britain, Holidays, Symbols, UK.
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DID YOU KNOW?

The Patron Saint
St. Patrick is one of the most popular saints and every year on March 17 people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all over the world, even though he is Ireland’s patron saint. St Patrick's HatBorn around A.D. 387, he was the missionary who is said to have converted the Irish to Christianity. His real name was Maewyn Succat and he was the son of a rich landowner in Britain.

The Slave
When Maewyn was 16 years old, a group of pirates raided his village. They captured him and then sold as a slave. For six years he had to herd sheep and when he finally escaped, he went to France. He became a priest and adopted the name Patrick.

The Missionary
Patrick decided that his life mission would be to convert Irish pagans to Christianity. When he returned to Ireland, he set up monasteries, schools and churches all over the country and successfully converted lots of people to the new religion. He continued his mission for thirty years and died on March 17, 493 A.D. This date was later chosen as Saint Patrick’s Day.

Saint Patrick’s Day
At first, St. Patrick’s Day was a Catholic holiday but gradually it has become popular with more and more non-Catholic people. Nowadays, it is celebrated all over the world as the day of Ireland’s culture, when everyone becomes Irish, wears green and goes out to party.

Pick up the St. Patrick’s Day e-card!
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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit!
(Happy St Patrick’s Day)

A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF IRELAND

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THE NATIONAL ANTHEM OF IRELAND

TRADITIONAL IRISH BLESSING

Your Turn!

1) St. Patrick’s Day Vocabulary Lesson:
Watch the lesson and write 3 sentences of your own with the following expressions:

  • as luck would have it
  • rain on your parade
  • just around the corner

2) Ireland is full of interesting sights and places – choose up to 3 of them and describe shortly in your comment.

3) Do you know any famous Irish people? Search the Internet, find some of them and share their names here along with short notes about them and/or their achievements e.g. in literature, music, film, art, sports, science, politics, history, etc.

4) And don’t forget to send your own St. Patrick’s Day card to your friends all over the world! We recommed to choose and send one of these e-cards, because every time a FREE Care2 eCard is sent, a donation is made to help important organizations!

YOU can also send YOUR OWN e-card
to all THINK ENGLISH users to
think.english[at]op.pl
and we will paste the link here
so that everyone could enjoy
your St. Patrick’s Day card!

Post your comment HERE

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1. Ryszard Oślizło - 17 March 2010

One of my favourite artists ever is an Irish singer and composer known all over the world as Enya (click here to visit her official website). In 1980 she started her career when she joined Clannad but soon after that she began her solo career.

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2. pondering4cat - 18 March 2010

Here are some beautiful ecards for St. Patrick Day.

http://www.squidoo.com/st-patrick-day-ecards

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Ryszard Oślizło - 18 March 2010

These are really beautiful cards, thanks for sharing!

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3. St . Patrick’s Day Think English - 19 March 2010

[…] St . Patrick is one of the most popular saints and every year on March 17 people celebrate St . Patrick’s Day all over the world, even though he is Ireland’s patron saint. St Patrick’s Hat Born around A.D. 387, he was the missionary who is said to … 4) And don’t forget to send your own St . Patrick’s Day card to your friends all over the world! We recommed to choose and send one of these e-cards, because every time a FREE Care2 eCard is sent, a donation is made to help …Page 2 […]

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4. Bart_Simpson - 20 March 2010

3)Pierce Brendan Brosnan (born 16 May 1953) is an Irish actor, film producer and environmentalist, who holds, Irish, British and American citizenship, best known as James Bond from 1994 to 2005
Paul David Hewson, KBE (born 10 May 1960), most commonly known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer and musician, best known for being the main vocalist of the Dublin-based rock band U2

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Ryszard Oślizło - 20 March 2010

I wonder why you chose those two artists. Do you like James Bond films and/or other Pierce Brosnan’s film roles? And what’s your favourite U2 song/album? As for me, The Joshua Tree (1987) is the best ever.

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5. Bart_Simpson - 20 March 2010

I really like U2. My favourite song is elevation. I like James Bond films, but I think that Daniel Craig is a better James Bond than Brosnan. I remember Pierce Brosnan from Mama Mia film…

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Ryszard Oślizło - 20 March 2010

For those who haven’t heard the song:

And I agree – Daniel Craig’s Bond is better than Brosnan’s. I really liked Sean Connery as James Bond (1962-1983), who is a Scot, by the way.

As for Mamma Mia, well, though Brosnan is no singer at all, he really did his best 🙂 Meryl Streep, on the other hand, was brilliant (as she always is)!

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6. Bart_Simpson - 20 March 2010

Giant’s Causeway- This geological phenomenon renowned for its columns of layered basalt is a world heritage site and a fabulous day visit from Belfast (1 and a half hours drive).

At Guinness’ Storehouse you’ll discover all there is to know about the world’s most famous beer. A dramatic story that begins 250 years ago and ends’ where else – in the Gravity’ bar with a complimentary pint of the black stuff.

Glendalough- “The Glen of the Two Lakes” – A must in any visitors itinerary. This early Christian settlement, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century, in this beautiful valley is one of the most important of such sites in Ireland

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Ryszard Oślizło - 21 March 2010

A picture is worth a thousand words:

Giant’s Causeway

Guinness’ Storehouse

Glendalough

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7. Anonymous - 25 March 2010

I went to that school and back than we spoke polish only. Teachers tried to teach us that we should proud of it. not anymore – I guess.

that sucks….big time

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8. Ryszard Oślizło - 25 March 2010

I’m sure it’s possible to be proud to be and speak Polish and still learn and speak other languages. I think it’s great to get to know different cultures, customs and lifestyles. It helps a lot to understand other people better, to share and compare values and perspectives, to enjoy the differences and learn from one another.

Don’t you think?

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