The History of Saint Patrick

By Niall Cinneide
The history of St Patricks Day, which started out as a Holy Day for the Irish Catholics in the 10th or 11th century, goes all the way back to the late 3rd century when a small boy was born in Roman England by the name of Maewyn.

Maewyn and his family lived in a small town where his father was a soldier in the army, and a member of the town government. Some accounts say that Maewyn was an agnostic and some say that his family was Christian, but weren’t very strong in their faith. Either way, it doesn’t really matter because it was what happened later in his life that gained him his notoriety.

When Maewyn was only 16, there was a raid on his village from Ireland, in the Irish Sea. They captured Maewyn and many of the villagers, and took them back to Ireland as servants and slaves for the local Irish.
It was here in captivity that it is reported that Maewyn accepted God, and began to talk to him. In fact, legend has it that he often spoke to God in prayer up to one hundred times a day. And Maewyn was under the authority of a Celtic family, so he learned the Celtic language and how to speak it fluently. Six years later, when he was 22, Maewyn escaped from his servitude, and ran to France. There he joined a monastery and under the direction of the Bishop of France, he studied the Bible. It was this Bishop who gave him the name Patrick. Legend has it that while Patrick was here in the monastery, he heard angels calling him back to Ireland.

After spending 12 years in the study of theology and Catholic Laws, he departed and went to Ireland to preach to a heathen nation. He spent 30 years in evangelistic and missionary work across the land. He won many converts over, healed people, and it was even said that he raised some people from the dead. Everywhere he went he announced God, and he built many schools and churches to help promote the Catholic religion. Legend has it that angels followed him everywhere, and even told him where and how to go.

After 30 years of missionary work, he died on March 17th. This is the day that has gone down in history as St. Patrick’s Day, for the patron saint of Ireland.

St. Patrick’s Day today has grown into much more than just a Holy Day for Catholics. Strict Catholics around the world though do remember St Patrick, usually in an early Mass on March 17th. But everyone joins in as a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and becomes Irish for the day. It has now become a celebration of spring with parades special Irish meals, green tinted drinks and beer, etc. “The wearing of the green” and the Leprechaun have come about over the years to be Good Luck and prosperity to all and everything green typically represents the turning to spring – green is the color of life.

So, with one day to be Irish, take advantage, and have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day.

Related: Find out How The Shamrock Became A Symbol Of Ireland.

Niall Cinneide loves to celebrate St Patricks Day. He publishes views, information and St Patricks Day News at St Patricks Information.

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Irish Protestant First Names

by Admin · Published May 12, 2011 · Updated November 13, 2015

Arthur, John, Henry, James, William, Frederick, George, Edward, Richard, Charles, Philip, Oliver, Jonathan, Anthony, Andrew, Simon, Marmaduke and Stephen.

They also used old testament names which were rarely used by Catholics such as Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Isaac, Samuel, Joshua, Gamaliel.

Irish Protestant Girls Names

Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Lucy, Catherine, Susanna, Hannah, Margaret, Jane, Isabella, Frances and Alice. Less frequently: Barbara, Gertrude, Dorothea, Charlotte, Diana, Rebecca, Lydia, Race, Phoebe, Henrietta, Lettice, Ursula, Penelope, Esther and Heather.

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Young Irish Drivers

The internet has becoming such popular tool with widespread usage that people who live miles away can now use it to communicate with each other quickly and easily on topics of interest. One such topic for many young people is the process of learning to drive, and a new forum has been set up in America which aims to discuss just that.

While US driving practices differ from Irish, young Irish drivers will be able to relate to many of the fears, concerns and positive experiences of new drivers in the States.

The postings come from either young learner drivers or those who have recently passed their test, and questions are varied from what are the best routes to practice on, to how I can calm my pre-test nerves.

One piece of advice that comes up frequently is the need to practice your driving skills in order to make them perfect. Not everyone has the spare cash to pay for hours and hours of driving lessons with an instructor and the advice here is to find someone older with plenty of experience on the road to take you out. They should be able to help you go over the important manoeuvres and skills that you have been taught by your driving instructor without the price tag. Another key issue is what happens once you have actually passed your driving test. Many people are nervous about driving on their own for the first time without the accompaniment of an instructor or an experienced driver. Facing the roads on your own for the first time can be nerve racking, but the advice is keep calm and start off with a number of short journeys to build up you confidence. Once you have passed you test your have already proven that you are capable of driving at the necessary standard and concerns of driving on your own don’t seem to last long.

Getting advice from people of a similar age who have been though the learning process seems to be a hit, with young drivers being able to relate to one another’s experiences. There is also a section where people can share money saving tips such as where to look for good young driver insurance deals or instructors with reasonably priced rates.

Young learner drivers may not feel they can talk to those around them about the concerns about learning to drive, but this forum provides them with an opportunity to chat with their peers and get hints, tips and encouragement for passing that all important test.


Irish Soda Bread – Since 1840s To Today

The following is a traditional Irish recipe for Irish Soda Bread, enjoyed by the Irish since the 1840s. Enjoy!


  1. 250g plain white flour
  2. 250g plain wholemeal flour
  3. 100g porridge oats
  4. 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 25g butter, cut in pieces
  7. 500ml buttermilk

How To Prepare and Bake Soda Bread

Put oven at 200C with 180 fan or gas 6 if you use gas. Take a baking sheet and dust this with flour. Take your dry ingredients and mix these in a bowl. Put the butter in the pan. Put in your buttermilk and mix this quickly with your table knife. Use your fingertips to bring the dough together. Make sure you handle the dough very gently. Take a 20 cm diameter round loaf pan and form the dough in the pan.

Put your loaf on your baking sheet and put a deep cross score in the top of the loaf. Bake this for 35 minutes until you get a hollow sound when you tap the bottom of your pan. If it’s still not ready then turn it upside down and bake this a few more minutes.

Transfer this to a wire rack and cover it with a clean tea towel which will give you a soft crush. Leave this to cool and then break it into quarters and cut these into wedges or just cut it across and enjoy it fresh.

About Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread can be traced back to 1840s. It’s made with the most basic and cheap ingredients. Most households cooked soda bread on a griddle on open turf fires almost daily and soda bread would have been a staple part of the Irish peasant diet. The bread is dense (not raised like white bread) with a hard crust and is still popular today in Ireland.

It’s usually served with real Irish butter, with other toppings such as jam, or cheddar cheese, of for dipping into a hearty Irish stew or Coddle. It’s a delicious simple healthy bread, that smells and tastes wonderful, and so simple to make there’s no reason you shouldn’t try baking it yourself!.


Irish Baby Boys Names – Gaelic Boys Names

by Admin · Published May 13, 2011 · Updated November 19, 2015


Irish Baby Boys Names

There is a growing interest in our Celtic / Gaelic heritage and this is reflected through the Irish heritage names we give to our children. If you would like to give your baby boy a name reflective of his Gaelic or Irish roots this is a good place to start.

This article lists some of the more popular Gaelic names for Irish baby boy names in Ireland. The information was gathered from the Irish Central Statistics Office and books about the topic. Each name in the list is given with the Gaelic spelling, the meaning of the name and in some instances the Anglo-Saxon version of the name.

  1. Adhamh – Gaelic for Adam; “red earth, ruddy”
  2. Aidan – “the little fiery one”
  3. Ailín – Gaelic for Alan, Allen; “noble”
  4. Aindréas – Gaelic for Andrew; “manly, valiant, courageous”
  5. Áron – Gaelic for Aaron; “shining light, messenger”
  6. Breandan – Gaelic for Brendan; “prince”
  7. Caoimhín – Gaelic for Kevin; “handsome”
  8. Cathal -“Battle Mighty”
  9. Ciarán – “Little dark one”
  10. Cillian – “Strife”
  11. Concobhar – Gaelic for Conor/Connor; “a strong will”
  12. Cormac – “lad of the chariot” and/or “Raven”
  13. Dainéal – Gaelic for Daniel; “oak”
  14. Dáivi – Gaelic for David; “beloved one”
  15. Darragh – “small great one, riches”
  16. Declan – name of a 5th century bishop
  17. Dermot – “free of envy”
  18. Diarmuid – “without envy”
  19. Donovan – “dark warrior”
  20. Dylan – “sea god, son of the waves”
  21. Eoghan -Gaelic for Owen; “Well born”
  22. Fionn – “white, fair”
  23. Liam – Gaelic for William; “determined guardian”
  24. Lorcán – “little fierce one”
  25. Micheál – Gaelic for Michael; “who is like God”
  26. Oisín – “Fawn” [Son of Fionn MacCool]
  27. Oscar – “Champion Warrior” or “Jewel” [Grandson of Fionn MacCool]
  28. Pádraig – Gaelic for Patrick; “noble, well-born”
  29. Roibeárd – Gaelic for Robert; “bright, famous”
  30. Ruairí – Gaelic for Rory; “the red king”
  31. Séamus – Gaelic for James; “the supplanter”
  32. Seán – Gaelic for John; “God is gracious”
  33. Steafán – Gaelic for Stephen; “crown”

These are just a few of the many Gaelic Irish names that would be appropriate for baby boys names. We will expand on these Gaelic boys names and add to the list in the near future.

Have fun deciding on your Irish baby boys name!

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