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St Patrick Day |
When everyone

St Patrick Day is drawn from Chapter Nine, beginning on page 246, of Volume Four, Darkness Descends of the twelve-volume historical series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years. If you would like to order this book please visit

Dublin and New York naturally mark St. Patrick’s Day but so do Sao Paolo, Beijing, Hong Kong and Moscow

St Patrick Day - When everyone’s Irish

St Patrick Day - When everyone’s Irish

Irish soldiers in the English military organized the world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17, 1762–not in Ireland, but in New York, where the annual march remains the largest of those now held worldwide. At right, green-hatted celebrants jam the Fifth Avenue parade route in 2001. Below, Fifth Avenue’s centerline is painted green for a parade in the 1950s. Other cities across North America also enjoy Irish festivals, the biggest in Chicago, Boston and Montreal. Below right, a nun teaches two boys the Irish jig in St. Louis, Mo., in the 1960s. Though there is no reliable record of the day or year of Patrick’s death, Dublin and Killarney always officially mark the date assigned by tradition, March 17, 461. But so do London, Paris (which boasts fifty Irish pubs), Rome, and more recently Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, Hong Kong and Moscow.

Beware the awful curse of the Irish . .

May the devil damn you to the stone of dirges or to the well of ashes seven miles below hell, and may the devil break your bones. And all my calamity and harm and misfortune for a year on you.

Rain and fire, ill wind and snow and hard-frost follow her.

Your old frame dead and lifeless with never a stir. With none to wake your corpse, your limbs without a shroud!

Aeolus chase her into the harbors of Acheron Down. Nine times sicker than the Ulstermen’s illness let her be. May this insect get an illness that Hippocrates cannot cure.

May the devil cut the head off you and make a day’s work of your neck.

May fire and brimstone never fail to fall in showers on (name of town). May all the thieving fiends assail the thieving town of (name).

The anguished bankruptcy of the year to you.

May the devil take him by the heels and shake him.

The devil swallow him sideways.

but if they give you blessings, rejoice

May you live all the days of your life, and may the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun shine bright on your window pane. May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you. And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.

May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent.

May your glass be ever full, may the roof over your head be always strong, and may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

May the Lord keep you in his hand, and never close his fist too tight.

May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.

May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.

May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.

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