St. Patrick dies

Today is St. Patrick's Day, an Irish and Irish-American holiday commemorating the death, as legend has it, of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, on March 17, circa 492.

It is also the occasion, in many American cities, for celebrating Irish heritage with a parade. Among the most renowned of these festival traditions are the New York City parade, which officially dates to March 17, 1766 (an unofficial march was held in 1762); the Boston parade, which may date as far back as March 17, 1775; and the Savannah, Georgia, parade, which dates to March 17, 1824.

Saint Patrick (c. 390 – 460)[2] (Latin: Patricius,[3] Irish: Naomh Pádraig) was a British Christian missionary and is the patron saint of Ireland, along with Brigid of Kildare and Columba. He was educated at a monastery and school of divinity founded by Illtud (at the location of modern Llantwit Major).

When he was about 14 he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After entering the Church, he later returned to Ireland as an ordained bishop in the north and west of the island, but little is known about the places where he worked and there is no contemporary evidence for any link between Patrick and any known church building.

Oh! Erin, must we leave you?…Must we ask a mother's welcome from a strange, but happier land? Where the cruel Cross of England's thralldom never shall be seen; And where, thank God, we'll live and die still wearin' the green.”

— "Wearing of the Green," as recited in "Colonel J. W. O'Brien,"