St. Patrick’s, March 17, 2010

 

ST. PATRICK NOT FROM IRELAND…  AND PATRICK WASN’T HIS NAME

 

Ireland’s patron saint was born in Britan as Maewyn Succat in 385 AD.  Irish raiders kidnapped Maewyn at age sixteen and took him to Ireland to to be be enslaved as a shepherd.  It was during his days as a shepherd that he turned to God.

 

His dreams directed him to travel back to Britain and become a missionary and then to return to Ireland to spread Christianity.  He followed this dream and as a missionary used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity (father, son and Holy Spirit) to followers of the Pagan polytheistic religion .

 

After becoming a missionary Maewyn took on the name Patrick or Patricus.  Patrick spent thirty years spreading God’s word before he died on March 17, 461.  Ireland commemorate the date of his death as St. Patrick’s Day.

 

DRINKING BECAME A TRADITION FOR THE DAY

During the Middle Ages shops would close on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate as a reprieve from forty days of Lent.  For many Irish Christians this included indulging in a beer brewed from barley known as ale.  This tradition has continued for over a thousand years.

GREEN BEER ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Downtown DeKalb, Home of Northern Illinois University

As a college student I can recall drinking green beer on tap at McCabe’s Lounge on St. Pat’s in downtown DeKalb, home to NIU.  Somewhere along the way McCabe’s became Andy’s but it’s where I first celebrated the day drinking green beer.

McCabe's Lounge where I drank green beer on St Patty's. Later renamed Andy's

This March 17, in OC is being celebrated at Muldoon’s in Newport Beach beginning at lunch and at the Auld Dubliner in Tustin in the evening where Tijuana Dogs will be playing.  Don’t know if green beer will be on tap.

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