Waterford celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a Luke Wadding walking tour – the man we can all thank for St. Patrick’s Day

At the entrance to Greyfriar’s Church in Waterford City stands a sculpture of the famous Franciscan monk, theologian and historian, Luke Wadding. It is Luke Wadding who succeeded, against all the odds, in having St. Patrick’s Day recognised as a Church holiday and of course and soon afterwards it became a worldwide day of celebration.Continue reading “Waterford celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a Luke Wadding walking tour – the man we can all thank for St. Patrick’s Day”

Finn Ryan announced as Grand Marshall for Waterford St. Patricks Day Parade

Lego-loving Finn Ryan from Ferrybank stole the hearts of the nation when he appeared on the Late Late Toy Show in November, and now he will lead the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Waterford as it makes a welcome return for 2022. Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. Joe Kelly said, “I don’t thinkContinue reading “Finn Ryan announced as Grand Marshall for Waterford St. Patricks Day Parade”

Demilitarising Saint Patrick’s Day 1921

F. M Carroll in his important book “America and the Making of an Independent Ireland” examines the influence and role played by Irish America in the attempts to free Ireland from British rule in the early part of the twentieth century. In December 1918, Sinn Féin had reached the apex of its political popularity duringContinue reading “Demilitarising Saint Patrick’s Day 1921”

Saint Patrick : The Myths & the Legends

Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland, often referred to as The “Apostle of Ireland” and “The First Bishop of Armagh”. He is a fifth century Saint who is of Romano-British origin and his Roman name would have been Patricius, who was the son of a Roman Decarion stationed in Wales. At the ageContinue reading “Saint Patrick : The Myths & the Legends”

The Fighting 69th

The 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment New York – Guardians of Irish Heritage in The United States. The name The 69th Infantry Regiment, or the “Fighting 69th” embodies the melding of Irish-American Culture, the precious preservation of heritage, the limitless abilities of immigrants and the preservation of a long and distinguished connection between Ireland andContinue reading “The Fighting 69th”

Luke Wadding : The man who gave us St. Patrick’s Day

Most of us in Waterford know of Luke Wadding, the Irish man who was almost Pope and the founder of St. Isidore’s College – but did you know that it is Luke Wadding that we must thank for St. Patrick’s Day? Born (on October 16th, 1588) and raised in Waterford, Wadding’s family were important merchantsContinue reading “Luke Wadding : The man who gave us St. Patrick’s Day”

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