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St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain, around 389. When he was 16, he was sold into slavery to Ireland where he was a shepherd for 6 years. While in captivity he studied and turned to religion. He escaped slavery and later returned to Ireland as a missionary, determined to convert Ireland to Christianity. He used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.

He was ordained as Bishop of Ireland in 431. He was able to secure tolerance for Christians in Ireland during his life there. He is said to have died in 461 and to be buried in Downpatrick. St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin was built in the 12th Century. He is also said to have drummed the snakes from Ireland and into the sea.

The St. Patrick's Day custom came to America in 1737. That was the first year St. Patrick's Day was publicly celebrated in this country, in Boston.


1.Irish Coffee 
2.Irish Omelet
3.Potato and Leek Soup
4.Apple Scones

Irish Coffee

very hot strong black coffee
1 tbsp. whipped cream
2-3 tsp sugar
a measure of Irish Whiskey
Heat whiskey and poor into a heated, whiskey glass, fill with very hot black coffee in which the sugar has been dissolved. Float the cream on top.

Irish Omelet

6 Small eggs (separate the yolks from the egg whites)
4 medium sized, cooked potatoes (mashed)
Squeezed lemon juice
1 T Chopped chives or scallions
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. Butter
To the mashed potato, add the beaten egg yolks. Mix the two ingredients thoroughly and then add the lemon juice, chives, salt and pepper to the mixture. Heat the butter in the omelet pan. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and stir them into the potato mixture. Cook the mixture until it turns golden, then run under the broiler to finish.

Potato and Leek Soup

1/4 cup butter
1 whole leek, chopped
3 medium onions, chopped
1 pounds potatoes, cubed
cup oats
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste
fresh chives, chopped (for garnish)
Melt butter in a large pan. Saute onions and leek until tender. Add potatoes. Cook until potatoes are golden brown. Add oats and garlic. Cook one more minute. Reduce heat to low. Stir in chicken stock and milk. Simmer 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and soup thickens. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with chopped chives.

Apple Scones

2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup minced apples
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup milk
2 tbsp. butter (reserve for topping)
2 tbsp. sugar (reserve for topping)
Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in the butter. Add sugar and apples. Mix in the egg and milk to make a soft dough. Knead until ingredients are well-mixed. Spread in 8" x 12" greased pan, and bake 25 minutes at 450 degrees (Fahrenheit). Cut into 2" x 2" squares when done. Split each square diagonally. Butter. Dust the tops thickly with granulated sugar. Serve warm.

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Some ST. Patty's Days songs

Sung to I'm a Little Teapot" I'm a little leprechaun Dressed in green, The tiniest man That you have ever seen. If you ever catch me, so it's told, I'll give you my pot of gold. Wee Little Patrick( tune Yankee Doodle) Patrick is a leprechaun He has a sack of gold He hides it in a special place Between two stumps, I'm told I think I once saw Patrick Out in the woods at play He smiled and laughed and winked his eye And then he ran away Don't try to follow Patrick To find his treasure sack He'll twist and jump and run away And he never will come back. (sung to I'm a little teapot) I'm a little Leprechaun short and green, Here is my shamrock but I can't be seen, When you pull my feather,hear me scream (everyone scream) I'm a little Leprechaun,short and green. Shamrocks, shamrocks, On Ireland's hills, Greenest of green Over rocks and rills Good luck do they bring, For one and all On St. Patrick's Day We can see them all.

Some Games for St Patty's Day

St.Paddy's day little man puppet cut a large shamrock out -- have the kids paste it on a large art stick or popsicle stick and then add the arms (with attached little shamrocks for hands) and legs (again with little shamrocks for feet) Shamrock cut outs cookie cutters into paint and either paint a sweatshirt or on large pieces of paper. Shamrock Puzzles cut out a large shamrock and let the dck paste, paint crayon all over it. depending on the age the kids later cut it into several pieces and let them put the puzzle together!! Ages: 2+ Shamrock hunting Take children into back yard or a park and have them look for four leaf clover. We actually found one last year!!!--- This can be done inside as well by making construction paper clover and 1 four leaf shamrock and have the kids try and find it. All ages Leprechaun mischief While the children are out playing or before they arrive make some silly changes in the room like putting things out of place, hiding things, leaving gold chocolate coins, etc. Leave green footprints Blame it on the leprechaun when they come in. Explain all about St. Patrick's day and leprechauns. All ages Coin hunting Scatter gold chocolate coins in yard before children arrive and have fun searching for the "luck" left by the leprechauns. Ages 2 1/2 + Collage Cut out a shamrock shape and have a box of green collage materials- yarn, fabric, ribbon, buttons, glitter. Add green coloring to glue and let them decorate.

St.Patty's Day Crafts

Paper Plate Shamrocks Materials: 3 paper plates Green Crayons Green Construction paper glue scissors Instructions: Color all three paper plates green. Cut a stem from green construction paper. Glue the three paper plates together and in a triangle type shape. Then glue the stem at the bottom. Coffee Filter Shamrock Materials: coffee filter 2 baby food jars water scissors blue and yellow food coloring q-tips Instructions: Cut Coffee filter in the shape of a shamrock. Put water in two baby food jars. Add yellow food color in one jar and blue in the other. Give the children qtips and let them mix the colors on the coffee filter. You end up with a very interesting green shamrock. St Pat's Ribbons submitted by Wendy Hollands Chesterville, Ontario, Canada Materials: chenille stick pom pom glue wiggly eyes ribbon feather Instructions: I bent the glitzy chenille stick into a shamrock shape. The kids glued on the 1' pom pom. They glued on the shamrock ribbon in the back. They glued on the two eyes. Then they glued on the feather. I glued the pin in the back with glue gun. St Pat's Shamrocks submitted by Lisa of Dreams and Discoveries Materials: white rice cooking oil green food coloring white posterboard Instructions: 1. cut posterboard into shamrock shapes, one per child
2. pour rice into large
bowl, coat lightly with oil, put in several drops of food coloring, stir until rice is green
3. let rice dry on paper towels for several hours
4. give each child a posterboard shamrock, let each child pour glue all over shamrock, then spread thin with q-tip
5. give each child a small bowl with green rice in it, let child sprinkle rice all over glue, let dry. QUICK, EASY, LITTLE MESS ages 2-6 (help the little ones) Sparkle Shamrocks Materials: cereal box cardboard pinto beans green paint paint brushes scissors glue glitter Instructions: 1. Cut a large shamrock shape out of your cardboard 2. Glue the pinto beans onto the shamrock 3. Let dry overnight 4. Paint Green & sprinkle with glitter Shamrock Wands Materials: green construction paper scissors glue stapler gold glitter green straw thin ribbon in both green and gold Instructions: 1. Cut three heart shapes from the green paper. Glue the tips of the three shapes together to form a shamrock.
2. Staple the center of the shamrock to the end of the straw to make a handle
3. Decorate the shamrock with gold glitter
4. Cut three or more 3 foot ribbons. Hold the ribbons together and staple them to the back of the shamrock at the center so that the ends hang down from the shamrock wand.
5 Cut several tiny shamrocks and staple them along the ribbons.
Maybe your magic wand will help you catch a leprechaun!!
Shamrock People Materials: construction paper scissors Instructions: Cut large shamrock shape our of green paper. Fold white paper accordian style for arms and legs. Cut small shamrocks for hands and feet. Glue at ends of accordian arms and legs. Decorate large shamrock as a face. Very Cute!