Annagry Band braves the wind and rain
‘Tis St Patrick’s Day here in Donegal, and everyone is wearing green and/or shamrocks on their lapels.
At mass this morning, we sang “Hail Glorious St Patrick, dear saint of of our isle, on us thy poor children, bestow a sweet smile…
Sally and Angela are both in the band and the choir
They braved the wind and rain, serenading us with traditional tunes.
Saint Patrick is said to have been born in Britain around 385 AD to Roman citizens – Calpurnius and Conchessa. He spent six years in Ireland when he was captured into slavery, and returned to these shores in his thirties, to become a missionary to the Celts.
It is believed that he explained the theory of the Holy Trinity using our three leaved shamrock.
St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the island of Montserrat.
Ireland’s patron saint is celebrated worldwide – in New York, Washington, Toronto, London, Sydney, Dubai…
I remember my aunt returning from her first trip to New York for St Patrick’s Day, recounting the absolute JOY of walking in the parade with all nationalities and creeds.
St Patrick sure left a lasting impression on mankind!
Wishing you all a very Happy Saint Patrick’s Day