The extravagant parades of the modern era and Tourism Ireland's phenomenal 'global greening' of famous landmarks have ensured St Patrick continues to be showcased on a world stage each year. Clodagh Doyle, Keeper of the Irish Folklife Division at the National Museum of Ireland, believes St Patrick has possibly become one of the most famous saints in the world.
His feastday on 17 March is better known than that of even the Christmas saint, St Nicholas, on 6 January. So how did our commemoration of a fifth-century bishop become such an iconic and internationally recognised festival? In this video, Clodagh takes us through the origins and meaning of some of those Patrician traditions.
Afterwards, join Tom Doyle from our Education Team and have a go at making a traditional St. Patrick’s badge from recycled and upcycled materials. These colourful badges were traditionally made and worn by children to honour our patron saint on his feast day and there are many examples of them in the National Folklife Collection.
From shamrock and rosettes to Patrick’s Pot and the famous parades – learn why we celebrate St Patrick the way that we do
Learn more about objects associated with St. Patrick from the Folklife Collection of the National Museum of Ireland
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