It seems like everybody discovers that they are 1/100th twice removed Irish on the 17th March each year. Hats, beads, vests, all in green, huge parades in all of the major cities.
This superb video from National Geographic explains concisely and clearly the origins – of the Saint, and the celebrations in his honor. Find out how he became Ireland’s patron saint, and why the man is toasted in cities as far apart as Manchester and Moscow.
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