interesting links to St. Patrick

(Warning: don’t wear too much!)
In the US, it’s become cus­tomary to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.
But in Ireland the color has long been con­sid­ered unlucky, according to Bridget Haggerty, author of
  The Traditional Irish Wedding and Irish Culture and Customs web site
(the best source for all things Irish, IMO-PB)
Brigid explains: Irish folk­lore holds that green is the favorite color of the Good People (the proper name for faeries). They are likely to steal people, espe­cially chil­dren, who wear too much green.

It appears that MOST of the sym­bols asso­ci­ated with St. Pat’s Day have more to do with Ireland, than him­self. For instance:

The Gaelic Harp, a symbol of Ireland is also asso­ci­ated with St. Patrick’s Day, but even more so with Brian Boru.

Beyond the Blarney St. Patrick’s Day fast facts from National Geographic

And why is Patrick con­nected with Blarney? I’ve never been able to find out, but here’s a good gen­eral site about the Blarney Stone...and appar­ently there IS a con­nec­tion to St. Columba.

The Saint Patrick Centre offers exten­sive infor­ma­tion about St. Patrick’s World

Myths about St. Patrick from the History News Network

Celtic Christian cross
It is pop­u­larly believed that Saint Patrick com­bined the symbol of Christianity with the Celtic sun cross


Patrick’s Breast Plate (Binding Prayer)
and
His Confessio (Declaration)
Irish dic­tio­nery online is a great inter­ac­tive guide,

Patrick was declared Patron of Nigeria in 1961 by the Sacred Congregation of Rites.

Leprechauns? Who knows? But here’s a link to lep­rechaun song lyrics and free streaming from Brobdignagian Bards.

And if you’re at the pub, raise one to St. Gertrude this March 17th!  Irish Drinking Songs: The Cat Lover’s Companion and Whiskers in the Jar: Irish Songs for Cat Lovers plus free MP3s from Marc Gunn, Celtic American Musician and pod­caster.

In my Anachron, I depict St. Patrick as a young slave who owed a lot to wolfhounds...

Irishwolfhounds​.org is a great resource with beau­tiful pic­tures, including post­cards.

It’s widely held that Patrick used the sham­rock to explain the 3-in-1 aspects of the Trinity. The Farmers Almanac tells all about sham­rocks.

Misc. sym­bols for misc. St. Patrick’s Day stuff.

These are only a few of the sources I have come across over nearly a decade of researching St. Patrick.
I have tried to be inclu­sive... If you know of any sites that you think would be appro­priate here, please let me know (and my apolo­gies for any out-of-date or broken links).
-pb