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lazy leprechaun Ah, the Luck O the Irish 2 U, all ye lads an' lassies! I 'ave a few tales 2 spin 4 u. Pull up a toadstool, lean back, an' sit a spell.


St. Patrick
St. Patrick
Patrick was born to a Romanized family in Britain probably in the first half of the 5th century. At the age of 16 he was taken to Ireland by pirates and sold into slavery. The young boy was sustained by his faith during his six years working as a herdsman. When Patrick escaped and returned to Britain, he had a vision of the Irish beseeching him to return to Ireland to spread his faith. Before the end of the 7th century Patrick had become a legendary figure, and the legends have continued to grow. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. His feast day is celebrated on March 17. Today Irishmen wear shamrocks, the national flower of Ireland, in their lapels on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.



Legends of St. Patrick
The Shamrock is a symbol of the cross and blessed trinity. The shamrock, a sacred plant of the Druids of Ireland because its leaves formed a triad, was connected to the teachings of St. Patrick by the well known Legend of the Shamrock. It is said that as St. Patrick preached in the open air on the doctrine of the trinity, he illustrated the existence of the Three in One by plucking a shamrock from the grass growing at his feet and showing it to his audience.

The legend of the shamrock is also associated with the banishment of the serpent tribe from Ireland by a tradition that snakes are never seen on trefoil and that it is a remedy against the stings of snakes and scorpions. The trefoil in Arabia is called shamrakh and was sacred in Iran as an emblem of the Persian triads. The trefoil, as noted above, being a sacred plant among the Druids, and three being a mystical number in the Celtic religion as well as all others, it is probable that St. Patrick must have been aware of the significance of his illustration.
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POT 'O GOLDSt. Patrick's Day (March 17th) suddenly turns everyone "a wee bit" Irish--at least for the day! We get decked out in our finest green attire & sometimes even utter an Irish saying or two. "The luck of the Irish" is one such phrase commonly heard this time of year. Beyond the childhood fantasies of searching for 4-leaf clovers, leprechauns, & the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, exists some Irish traditions which hold romantic "lure" for adults, as well.


The Leprechaun
The Leprechaun, in Irish superstition, is a pygmy sprite who sometimes inhabits wine cellars, farmhouses, and aids in work. They are known to aid humans and perform small labors for them. Sometimes they ask humans for supplies and furniture, for which in return they give objects which bring luck and fortune. The Leprechaun is said to possess treasures which a human may get by finding a Leprechaun and keeping his eye fixed on the sprite.
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In Irish folklore, the Leprechaun is often portrayed as a fairy in the form of a tiny old man often with a cocked hat and leather apron. Solitary by nature, he is said to live in remote places and to make shoes and brogues. The sound of his hammering betrays his presence. He is often called a fairy cobbler, for he makes shoes for elves (but always one shoe, never a pair). He possesses a hidden crock of gold; if captured and threatened with bodily violence, he might, if his captor keeps his eyes on him, reveal its hiding place. But usually the captor is tricked into glancing away, and the fairy vanishes.
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Leprechauns are seen quite often by humans and are described as merry little fellows gaily dressed in old-fashioned clothes; green, with a red cap, leather apron, and buckled shoes.
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When they finish their daily tasks, leprechauns like to organize wild feasts, during which time they are referred to as cluricauns. These (often drunk) cluricauns can then be seen riding in moonlight on the back of a dog or a sheep leprechaun with harp


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green beer and gold


Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone
Blarney Castle
Irish An Bhlarna a village, in the County Cork, Ireland, 5 mi (8 km) northwest of Cork city, is famous for Blarney Castle (c. 1446. Below the battlements on the southern wall of the castle is the Blarney Stone, which is reputed to confer eloquence on those who kiss it; this feat can be achieved only by hanging head downward. "Blarney," as an expression of dubiousness, is attributed to Elizabeth I of England, who used it when impugning the worth of Lord Blarney's promises.



Millions venture to kiss The Blarney Stone each year, since it's believed to result in "persuasive eloquence" (also the definition of blarney). This fated stone is located within a wall of the Blarney Castle Tower. Built in 1446, it is, of course located in the Irish village of Blarney. In tracing the origins of this legend, one story tells of an old woman who cast a spell upon the stone. She did so to honor a King who saved her from drowning. The King supposedly was able to speak "kindly & convincingly" after placing his lips to the Blarney Stone. kissing the Blarney Stone


Leprechaun with Blarney Stone



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