St. Patrick: the patron saint of irish emigrants

| 17 marzo, 2016

La Escuela de Inglés de la Cámara de Comercio de Álava explica quién es San Patricio y sortea una camiseta irlandesa.

  • Who was St Patrick?

St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and St Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17, the date of his death sometime in the 5th century. He was born in the north of Roman Britain. He was captured by raiders at the age of 16 and kept as a slave in Mount Slemish, Ireland, for six years. While there, he worked as a shepherd.

During that time he also became a Christian and heard a voice telling him he was soon going home and then telling him his ship was ready. So Patrick escaped, fled 200 miles to a port and persuaded a ship’s captain to allow him on board.

He returned home to his family, entered the Church and was ordained as a bishop. Patrick experienced a vision in which the Irish people appealed for the return of the ‘holy servant boy’ and went back there when in his mid-20s, where he worked as a missionary in the 5th century.

But he didn’t have an easy time in Ireland. At one point he was robbed and beaten and put in chains ready to be executed. He was also given a hostile reception by the druids, who ridiculed his monastic-style haircut and hooked staff (probably a shepherd’s crook) as well as his religious preachings.

Legend tells how he banished all the snakes from Ireland after he was beset by the creatures during a 40-day fast on a hilltop. There are indeed no snakes in Ireland – but there haven’t been since the Ice Age, thousands of years before Patrick’s existence. The story is more likely to refer to his banishment of the druids, whose pagan symbolism included serpents.

  • Why do we celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

Each year millions of people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The holiday promotes Irish pride and heritage. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by wearing green, which symbolizes the return of spring as well as the Irish culture.

  • Why is it so renowned worldwide?

Since 1700 between 9 and 10 million people born in Ireland have emigrated. This is more than the population of Ireland at its historical peak in the 1840s of 8.5 million. The present population is under 4 million.

  • What does the shamrock symbolize?

St Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to illustrate the Christian divinity, which is the reason the plant is regarded as sacred and has become one of the emblems of St Patrick’s Day.
Today the symbol of the shamrock is an Irish icon, which is recognized the world over. Many view it as a symbol of luck, something the Irish have always been credited for! 

  • are you thinking of emigrating in search of work?

Prepare your voyage, and to do that, English will always be a useful tool wherever you go.
And to help you on your way, we at the Camara de comercio de alava offer a wide range of exam preparation courses, FCE, CAE, BEC and IELTS. All coming up after the Easter holidays,so do contact us to find out more.

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  • Bases del Sorteo

– El plazo para participar concluye el lunes 4 de abril a las 10:00 horas.

– El sorteo se realizará a través de la web Sortea2 entre todos los participantes que contesten correctamente a la pregunta del formulario.

– El ganador se publicará en este artículo el lunes 4 de abril por la tarde.

– La Escuela de Inglés de la Cámara de Comercio de Álava se pondrá en contacto con el ganador para concretar el día y la hora a la que puede pasar a recoger su premio.

  • Texto Legal

En cumplimiento de la Ley Orgánica 15/1999, de 13 de diciembre de protección de datos de carácter personal (LOPD), Gasteiz Hoy, mediante el fichero clientes y anunciantes Gasteiz Hoy, con código de inscripción 2153074480, informa de las siguientes consideraciones:

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