St Patrick’s Grave, Downpatrick, Co Down

Down Cathedral, illuminated in green for St Patrick’s Day, stands on the site of a Benedictine Monastery built in 1183. A stone placed in the graveyard in 1900 commemorates the fact that Patrick’s burial-place is somewhere on this sacred hill in Downpatrick. One cannot be certain of the exact spot of his burial, but this […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 17 March:

In the Liturgical calendar, today is the feast day of St Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. It is a public holiday in Ireland, Montserrat and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador and widely celebrated across the world. 1762 – St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in New York City for the first time at the Crown and […]

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#OnThisDay in Irish History – 17 March:

In the Liturgical calendar, today is the feast day of St Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. 1762 – St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in New York City for the first time (at the Crown and Thistle Tavern). 1776 – General George Washington used the password ‘St Patrick’ as a secret code for his Colonial troops on […]

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St Patrick’s Grave, Downpatrick, Co Down

Down Cathedral, illuminated in green for St Patrick’s Day, stands on the site of a Benedictine Monastery built in 1183. A stone placed in the graveyard in 1900 commemorates the fact that Patrick’s burial-place is somewhere on this sacred hill in Downpatrick. One cannot be certain of the exact spot of his burial, but this […]

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Today in Irish History – 17 March:

In the Liturgical calendar, today is the feast day of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. 1762 – St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in New York City for the first time (at the Crown and Thistle Tavern). 1776 – General George Washington used the password ‘St. Patrick’ as a secret code for his Colonial troops on […]

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Today in Irish History – 17th March:

In the liturgical calendar, today is the feast day of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. 1762 – St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in New York City for the first time (at the Crown and Thistle Tavern). 1777 – Patrick Brontë, originally Brunty; clergyman and father of Charlotte, Emily and Anne, is born in Ballynaskeagh, Co. […]

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