Growing up in Ireland, we learnt in primary school that one of St Patrick’s stellar achievements was banishing the snakes from Ireland
The Reek Sunday ascent of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo was called off due to high winds
How did St Patrick’s Day become such a successful ‘brand’?
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Cardinal Egan retired as archbishop of New York in 2009 and was instrumental in helping the city recover in the aftermath of 9/11
Cardinal Timothy Dolan supports New York’s St Patrick’s Day committee ahead of next year’s parade
But beware the dangerous new tradition that paints 20th century Ireland as a grim theocracy
I always identify with the religious and patriotic sentiments it expresses