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61. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

i think you have to, but its a great plot that you have there ----

Taken from a ''riverdeep site''

It is believed that in 441 A.D., St. Patrick fasted and prayed for 40 days at the summit of Croagh Patrick ("the Reek") in County Mayo. During this time, as blackbirds assaulted him, St. Patrick continued to pray and ring a bell as a proclamation of his faith. In answer to his prayers, an angel appeared to tell him that the Irish people would retain their Christian faith for all time. Today, more than 100,000 pilgrims visit the Reek annually to follow in St. Patrick's footsteps. Traditionally, pilgrims ascend the rocky trail barefoot.

It was while atop the mountain that St. Patrick drove all the snakes in Ireland to the sea. Historians generally agree that this myth serves as a metaphor for St. Patrick's good works. Since snakes are a common pagan symbol — and are not found in Ireland — this tale symbolizes St. Patrick's driving paganism out of Ireland.

Some believed that St. Patrick explained the concept of the Trinity in Christianity using a shamrock he found growing at his feet. More likely, the three-part leaf was worn by the people of Ireland as a symbol of the cross. It is assumed, however, that St. Patrick knew about the significance of the shamrock in other religious and pagan traditions, and may have incorporated it into his explanations and teachings

as for the drink bit well any excuse for a party and celebration

62. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Come on! My story is much more believeable!! LOL!!

63. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

just handed both stories to a cuban guy and he said your one sounds real that mine sounds like a fake bible story ......

64. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y


what do you think Nikki - we'll re-write history....might try feeding that one to some of the tourists tomorrow. ;)

65. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

yeah why not !!!! see how many we can brain wash

66. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Hey, I like both repliess but I think I will have an easier time remembering Eve's hahaha. Nikki's sounds more biblical, more religious, more of what I expected St Pat's to be all about but Eve's sounds more fun, the kind of story you can talk about at a bar on St Pat's day...I may just use it Thanks guys!

67. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

apolgies anne! im in a silly mood - at least Nikki gave you a straight answer.

(the thought of a day off work tomorrow is making me a bit high )


68. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

As always, Evelyn with the sense of humor...I am telling you, you have to stop by my part of the world when in the US, we will have a blast!!!

69. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

70. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

Just read your post about St. Patty's Day history. Cracked up laughing. You are one in a million. I swear a little tear formed.

To everyone: I hope you all have a great Patty's Day wherever you may be. I on the other hand will be painting. But never fear I'm sure the fumes will have me as dizzy as 10 pints of the black stuff.