Everyone Is Irish On St. Patrick’s Day
by Annette O’Hare
With my long auburn locks, fair complexion, and parents with surnames, Brannon and McRae, I proudly joined the festivities when St. Patrick’s Day rolled around. Once a year, this South Texas girl felt a connection, a kinship with her far-flung Irish countrymen.
You can imagine my confusion when DNA results revealed a minuscule fourteen percent of Irish blood. How could that be? Everything I’d believed about my heritage was a sham. I’m probably not even related to the patron saint of Ireland. And to think, I named my firstborn child after him. Who was Saint Patrick anyway? My research revealed these interesting facts.
Born in Britain, Saint Patrick may not have had as much Irish blood as I. Some say his birth name was Maewyn Succat and changed it to Patrick later in life. At sixteen, pirates captured Patrick and took him to Ireland, where he was sold into slavery. His master was a Druid high priest of an influential pagan sect in the country.
During his six years of enslavement, Patrick devoted himself to Christianity through constant prayer. A vision revealed the children of pagan Ireland reaching out to him. From then on, he was determined to convert the Irish people to Christianity. After escaping captivity, Patrick set out on his quest.
How has this happened in Ireland? Never before did they know of God except to serve idols and unclean things. But now, they have become the people of the Lord, and are called children of God.
One legend associates St. Patrick with driving the snakes out of Ireland and into the sea. Believed to be a loss in translation, the “snakes” were the paganists he drove out. Strangely, there are no snakes in Ireland. Coincidence?
Another legend says St. Patrick used a shamrock in his teachings as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity. As a result, shamrocks and the color green play a big part in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
I may only be fourteen percent Irish, but I’ll stick with the words of Irish-American poet Thomas Augustine Daly.
“For the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o’ March!”
Award-winning author, Annette O’Hare writes pre-teen mysteries and inspirational historical romance. Drawing on her background in drama and comedic sketch writing, Annette strives to reveal God’s love to readers of all ages while hopefully giving them a laugh or two. Annette and husband Dan live north of Houston, Texas, and enjoy RVing, saltwater fishing, spending time with family, and their lovable rescue pets. Reach Annette at CAN Author Page https://christianauthorsnetwork.com/annette-ohare/, or on Goodreads https://goo.gl/V9Qt7U