Get your Irish on for St. Patrick’s Day
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Brigid, Cian, Eadin, and father Brian McElderry at last year’s Rockville Centre St. Patricks Day parade.
With the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, March 17, spring can’t be far behind (or so we hope!). Salute the Old Country, this weekend and next, at one of the lively celebrations nearby and enjoy a parade or two.
“St. Patrick’s Day is the feast of the patron saint of Ireland, a celebration of the faith, heritage and culture of the Irish and Irish-Americans” said John O’Connell, the grand marshal of one of Nassau County’s St. Patrick’s Day parades, in Glen Cove, on March 23.
“Patrick was born in Scotland in about the year 385,” O’Connell said, “taken as a slave to then-pagan Ireland when he was 14, escaped when he was 20, became a priest, was ordained a bishop and sent back to Ireland in March of 433 to preach the Gospel and convert the tribal Celts to Christianity. He died in Ireland on March 17 in about the year 461.
“His life of faith in Christ, perseverance, strength, kindness and hope is an inspiration to Irish Catholics and their descendants everywhere,” O’Connell said, “and the reason we celebrate his feast day.
“While corned beef and cabbage, bagpipes and drums, buttered soda bread, step dancing and glorious parades of proud marchers are some of the manifestations of those celebrations of faith, Irish heritage and culture, St. Patrick is the true essence of the day.”
Share some Irish spirit at Hofstra University’s annual Irish Festival at the Mack Sports Center on Hofstra’s North Campus in Hempstead, on Sunday, March, 16, 11 a.m-5 p.m. The popular family event offers music and entertainment, and fun for the kids, as well as Irish cuisine to sample and Irish merchandise for sale.