Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.
Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland”, he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, along with saints Brigit of Kildare and Columba.
To celebrate we’ve had a trawl through our stock and found some gems for your perusal, whether it’s traditional Irish cooking, a good movie, travelling to the golden isle or indulging in its literature, there’s a whole host of resources to indulge in! (just click on the links to access our catalogue)
Real Irish Food: 150 classic recipes from the old country [E-book] by David BOWERS
Published by Skyhorse Pub. (2012)
Traditional Irish Cooking; the fare of Old Ireland and its history [E-book] by G. GRAVETTE and Debbie COOK
Published by Garnet Pub. (2008)
Ireland 9th ed. [Book] by David DAVENPORT, Catherine LE NEVEZ, Etain O’CARROLL ET AL
Published by Lonely Planet (2010)
Dublin 9th ed. [Book] by Fionn DAVENPORT
Published by Lonely Planet (2013)
The Oxford Companion to Irish Literature [Book] by Robert WELCH (ed) and Bruce STEWART (ed)
Published by Clarendon Press (1996)
The Complete Dramatic Works [Book] by Samuel BECKETT
Published by Faber & Faber (1990)
The Yeats Reader: a portable compendium of poetry, drama and prose rev ed. [Book] by William Butler YEATS and Richard FINNERAN (ed)
Published by Palgrave Macmillan (2002)
My Left Foot (1989) Directed by Jim SHERIDAN
A biographical drama film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Ray McAnally and Fiona Shaw. It tells the story of Christy Brown (Day-Lewis), an Irishman born with cerebral palsy, who could control only his left foot. Brown grew up in a poor working-class family, and became a writer and artist.
The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006) Directed by Ken LOACH
Starring Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, William Ruane, Padraic Delaney, Orla Fitzgerald. Set in Cork, Ireland in 1920, Damien abandons a career as a doctor after seeing a friend of his murdered by a British soldier and joins his brother Teddy in an Irish Republican Army unit in order to defeat the occupying British force. After a violent struggle, the two sides agree a treaty to end the conflict. However, civil war erupts and families and friendships are stretched to the limit and Damien and Teddy find themselves on opposing sides as Damien views the treaty as a sell-out that fails to bring all of Ireland under Irish control.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar WILDE
BBC 2 (2001)
Comedy. Set in 1890s England, a comedy of mistaken identity ensues when two gentlemen friends (Rupert Everett and Colin Firth) use the same alias for their own ends.
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