Our English Classes

A blog for Maribel's students at EOI and CEP Granada

16.03.10

Posted by maribel on 03/04/2010

Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on March 17th.

Patrick was born in Britain in the year 387. When he was 16, he was captured by pagan Irish pirates and became a slave in Ireland. He was a shepherd. During this time, he prayed a lot.  After 6 years he escaped and returned to his family and home. Then he became a priest and went back to Ireland as a missionary.

There are many legends about the miracles and magical fights between him and the Druids. St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland. He stood on a hill and used a wooden staff to drive the snakes into the sea and banished them forever from Ireland. It is true that Ireland has no snakes.

St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The word “shamrock” comes from the Gaelic word “seamrog” (In irish, it means “summer plant”). Shamrock is the national flower of Ireland. Many Irish people wear a shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day. It is not the Irish national emblem. The harp is! This explains the color green and shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day. Today, if you do not wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, you will get pinched !!
St. Patrick died on the 17 March, 461 A.D at the age of 76. This is why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the seventeenth of March. There are parades in many cities in the world, because of Irish immigration. The largest St. Patrick’s Day parade is in New York City.

St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin:

This is handout 13. I already sent it to you by email but now it has all the phonetic symbols.

This is the opening scene of The Quiet Man. We talked about it in class. John Wayne is a retired boxer from America who goes back to Innesfree, the small willage in Ireland  where he was born.

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