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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

"Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and regarded as one of the most successful Christian missionaries in history. He was a Roman citizen of Britain, who was captured by pirates at the age of sixteen and sold into slavery in Ireland. He escaped back to Britain, became ordained as a bishop, and returned to the land of his captivity as a missionary."

  • Saint Patrick used the shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity

  • The legend of the leprechauns states that these fairies hail from Ireland, where they make shoes and wreak havoc on unsuspecting humans

  • 90% of Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day. In fact, the Chicago River is dyed green on this day.

  • Origin story: "When a couple of poor farmers pulled their very last carrot out of their garden, they found a leprechaun dangling from the roots. Being captured, the leprechaun promised one wish in exchange for his freedom."

Works Cited

Rothans, John. “Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow - Origin.” U.S. Money Reserve, 16 Mar. 2020,

Staff, Editorial. “30 Amazing Facts about St. Patrick’s Day.” The Fact File, 11 Jan. 2018,

‌“Where Did the Leprechaun Originate From?”, 6 Feb. 2022,

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