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The world goes green for St Patrick


The world goes green for St Patrick

The Irish Republic has gone green in honour of its patron saint.

An estimated 500,000 people lined the streets of Dublin for the traditional St Patrick’s Day parade.

Last year, 100 000 came from overseas in honour of the man who is said to have chased all Ireland’s snakes into the sea.

190 of the world’s most famous landmarks will also be lit up in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s ‘Global Greening’ initiative.

St Pat facts

  • Patron saint of Ireland, Nigeria and Montserrat
  • Also patron saint of Boston, Archdiocese of New York and engineers
  • Born 400 AD in Britain (so not Irish)
  • Kidnapped by pirates at 16
  • Discovered his faith while enslaved
  • Escaped after 17 years
  • Returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary
  • Used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity
  • Said to have chased all of Ireland’s snakes into the sea
  • Died March 17
  • 13 million pints of Guinness will be drunk in his honour
  • Corned beef and cabbage is traditional St Pat’s dinner

Celebrating St Pat

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Prince William hands out shamrocks to the Irish Guards

Even the Kardashians are in on the party

Drinking Irish stout and whisky is a big part of the day

Some have their own take on the traditional dinner of corned beef and cabbage

Rivers turn green in honour of St Pat.