Go For The Green On St. Paddy’s
Go For The Green On St. Paddy's
Contributed by Kyra Effren of McKinney
On March 17 the Irish and the Irish-for-a day will celebrate St Patrick’s Day, or more affectionately known St Paddy’s Day.
Did you know that St Patrick was NOT Irish? He was born Maewyn Succat into a very wealthy family in Britain in the fourth century. His father was also a Christian deacon for tax incentive reasons. Patrick was kidnapped at 16 and forced to work as a slave sheepherder.
He managed to escape, and after a vision, vowed to become a priest and changed his name from Maewyn to Patrick. Can you blame him? In 432 he went to Ireland as a missionary to try to convert the population to Christianity and remained there for 30 years, eventually become their Patron Saint. The Shamrock was his teaching tool to explain the Holy Trinity. Patrick died on March 17, 461 AD and thereafter, that date became St Patrick’s Day.
Today the holiday is celebrated with parades throughout the world with parades and parties. The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the largest in the world.
And it is GREEN all the way. The Chicago River runs green, as do the city fountains in Savannah, and locally, Watters Creek is dying their creek green to celebrate the “luck of the Irish”. Guinness or green beer are the drink of the day and the Irish and wannabe Irish wear green to avoid being pinched.
Think Irish cuisine starts and stops at corned beef and cabbage? Irish Salmon is considered one of the best smoked salmons in the world. Their Irish Soda Bread [see recipe] is delicious and healthy, and they can do more with a potato than any other culture.
Bernadette Latson, who is with the UT Southwestern Nutrition Dept, and is [green] dyed-in-the- wool Irish, has kindly shared her family recipes with us.
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Did you know?
That St Patrick was NOT Irish?