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St Patrick’s Day

17 March – a public holiday across the island of Ireland and anywhere the Irish have managed to reach around the world, which is most places!

It commemorates St Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, who of course wasn’t a native Irishman – he was captured from somewhere in Roman Britain as a teenager and forced into slavery in Ireland, escaped six years later, and subsequently returned to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity.

But you don’t have to be a Christian yourself to enjoy the day. 😀

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