#OTD in 1657 – Death of Franciscan friar and historian, Luke Wadding, in Rome.

Wadding was born in Waterford to Walter Wadding of Waterford, a wealthy merchant, and his wife, Anastasia Lombard (sister of Peter Lombard, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland). Educated at the school of Mrs. Jane Barden in Waterford and of Peter White in Kilkenny, in 1604 he went to study in Lisbon and at […]

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Spring Equinox in the Ancient Irish Calendar – 20 March 2018

Equinox is the date (or moment) some astronomical alignments in Ireland mark as being auspicious. Not many, mind you, but some, like the cairn on Loughcrew or the two passages of Knowth, a sort of super-alignment with quadruple significance. Though the actual alignment of Knowth is disputed, it might be a lunar alignment or not […]

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Pota Phádraig or Patrick’s Pot

Ordain a Statute to be Drunk And burn Tobacco free as Spunk And fat shall never be forgot In Usquebah, St Patrick’s Pot The custom of imbibing alcohol on St Patrick’s Day comes from an old Irish legend. As the story goes, St Patrick was served a measure of whiskey that was considerably less than […]

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‘The Dear Little Shamrock of Ireland’ by John William Cherry

‘The Dear Little Shamrock of Ireland’ by John William Cherry There’s a dear little plant that grows on our isle. ‘Twas St. Patrick himself that sure set it; and the sun on his labour with pleasure did smile, and with dew from his eye often wet it. It shines thro’ the bog. Thro’ the brake […]

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#OTD in 1657 – Death of Franciscan friar and historian, Luke Wadding, in Rome.

Wadding was born in Waterford to Walter Wadding of Waterford, a wealthy merchant, and his wife, Anastasia Lombard (sister of Peter Lombard, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland). Educated at the school of Mrs. Jane Barden in Waterford and of Peter White in Kilkenny, in 1604 he went to study in Lisbon and at […]

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Pota Phádraig or Patrick’s Pot

Ordain a Statute to be Drunk And burn Tobacco free as Spunk And fat shall never be forgot In Usquebah, St Patrick’s Pot The custom of imbibing alcohol on St Patrick’s Day comes from an old Irish legend. As the story goes, St Patrick was served a measure of whiskey that was considerably less than […]

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