We need a thread somewhere - perhaps in the American history area - about some facet of Irish history in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Donnie, you're on it. 😀 😀 😀
But that's Irish Medeival history and that would be your area of interest over mine. 😀But I have a good question. Was St. Patrick a real person or was he a legend that gained popularity? Can we trace the origins of the St. Patrick story? That's where any thread on him should start.
Yes, he was a real person. I believe he was actually Roman by birth, though. I think that there are plenty of stories about Irish immigration to the New World to have many aspects to an Irish discussion. Heck, "Baker" could be Irish for all I know (though it sounds more English).
Yes, he was a real person. I believe he was actually Roman by birth, though.
Yes. Dad was a minor functionary in Roman Britain, g'dad a Bishop in the Church. Paddy was kidnapped by the Irish and was a herder for several years... vision of escape by walking away... accomplished this, returning to Britain and then studied for the priesthood. Vision to Christianize his erstwhile captors and the rest is history (or conjecture ;)). That is the quick and dirty version.
Turns out that Irish Coffee is just as American as it is Irish…
Its beginnings were trans-Atlantic, not to mention aeronautical. Legend dictates that it was first served in the 1940s at a County Limerick air terminal that was later replaced by Shannon Airport, supposedly to passengers stranded in a winter storm who needed both a quick pick-me-up and a stiff belt. In the ’50s, a travel writer took it to San Francisco, where the Buena Vista Cafe made it a signature.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone! While I see people out wearing green today, I live in an area where it’s not some sort of major celebration. I have the feeling that in some cities, people are having a really good time today.