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St. Patrick's Day News Clips #2-1921

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    Iowa City Press Citizen Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa March 17, 1921 TODAY St. Patrick s Day Patron Saint of The Emerald Isle Made it Christian Sad Celebration of
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 17, 2004
      Iowa City Press Citizen
      Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa
      March 17, 1921

      St. Patrick's Day
      Patron Saint of The Emerald Isle
      Made it Christian
      Sad Celebration of His Land Today.
      Core of the News.
      By Dale E. Carrell.

      Today is known to the world as St. Patrick's Day, the birthday of the patron
      saint of Ireland, and to those of Celtic blood in every quarter of the globe it
      is a day of tender sentiment.
      Saint Patrick's biography is part legendary and part fact. There is a
      disagreement as to the year of his birth, where he was born and where he died,
      but his own memoirs and his works contribute sufficient evidence to show how
      great was this beloved man who did so much for Ireland.
      Some commentators say he was born about 373, others in 389. Some say he was
      born in Scotland, some in England and some in France. Some aver he died in
      France but most contend that he went to the great beyond in the land of his
      adoption, Ireland. Even the day of March on which he was born is a matter of
      contention. Some held for years that he was born on the night of the 8th of
      March, while others contend he first saw the light of day on the 9th of March,
      and history tells us that the two factions agreed to a compromise which resulted
      in the adding of 8 and 9 thus the 17th of March has become known as Saint
      Patrick's birthday.
      But wherever he was born and when, his name has been forever associated with
      Ireland. When he was but 16, it is said he was carried away by a band of
      marauders and was sold into slavery in Ireland. For over six years he is said to
      have tended the herds of Celtic chieftains. At the age of 22 he escaped from
      Ireland and wandered far even into a monastery near the Mediterranean Sea, where
      he studied hard and fitted himself for the carrying out of his dream, the
      Christianizing of Ireland. He returned to Ireland but this time not as a slave
      but as a missionary and thru his preaching, paganism, as taught by the Druids,
      was driven from the Emerald Isle. He is said to have founded over 360 churches
      and baptized thousands with his own hands. He also introduced the Latin language
      into Ireland and brought the then isolated isle into close touch with the
      civilization of western Europe. He brought enlightenment and civilization to
      Ireland and it is little wonder that the generations that have followed have
      held him in such reverence.
      Saint Patrick has left behind him, besides the history of his great
      achievements in Ireland, three important documents. One is known as his
      "Confession", which gives some account of his life. An other is addressed to a
      British or Welsh chief rebuking the murder of Christians,and the last is the
      "Hymn of St. Patrick" which is a cherished song of praise.
      Saint Patrick was not only a man of deep spiritual nature but he was also a
      leader, a man of action, who was able to overcome obstacles and obtain the end
      in view. His leadership and life has ever been an inspiration to Irishmen, and
      when his birthday is observed hearts have beaten faster, eyes have brightened
      and the dreams of liberty have been renewed. He gave liberty and freedom to the
      Irish from paganism and ignorance, and he has inspired in later generations a
      hope of freedom and independence for the Irish as a nation whereby
      self-government is realized. Today is perhaps one of the saddest of all Saint
      Patrick's days for the Irish. The land of shamrocks, of beautiful lakes, of bog
      and fen, does not resound with the happy laughter of children, with prayers of
      thanksgiving of its people, but instead there are cries of anguish, agonizing
      groans of the dying, and blood is flowing on every hand coloring crimson the
      sacred soil where Saint Patrick lived and dyeing red the blue waters of the
      lakes and rivers. Yet after all, there doubtless is a ray of hope, a gleam of
      sunshine peeping thru which is brought by Saint Patrick, counselling courage and
      pointing out that as he overcame all obstacles, that even not far distant is the
      consummation of the dream of all Irishmen, freedom for their race. The fight has
      been long, the way strewn with death and sacrifice, but when victory comes with
      the solving of the Irish problem, it should be all the more revered and

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Iowa Old Press
      Ireland Old News
      Irish in Iowa
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