March 16, 2019
Celebrated on 17th March, St Patrick's Day is named after Saint Patrick who reportedly died on this day in AD 461.St Patrick was born into a wealthy Romano-British family in 385. His father was a Deacon and his grandfather a priest. According to legend, at the age of 16, Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. Here, Patrick spent six years working as a shepherd and during this time found God, who told him to flee to the coast where a ship would be waiting to take him home to England. Having arrived home, Patrick became a priest.Patrick later returned to Ireland where he worked to convert the Pagan Irish to Christianity, using the shamrock (a three-leaved plant) to explain the holy trinity. Patrick's efforts against the Druids were eventually turned into a legend where he drove snakes out of Ireland (there never were any snakes in Ireland!)Today, St Patrick's Day commemorates St Patrick, the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and celebrates Irish heritage and culture through parades, festivals, ceilidhs and the wearing of green clothing and shamrocks.Historically, restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day, which encouraged the tradition of alcohol consumption. We are honoured to have a great selection of Irish Gin in The Juniper Club Gin Store. Take a look at our Irish Gin Collection and celebrate St Patrick's Day with an authentic Irish tipple:Fun factSt Patrick's day is celebrated around the world and is particularly popular in Amarica and Canada. In 2009, the Calgary Tower changed its top exterior lights to new green energy efficient bulbs just in time for St Patrick's Day (they were replaced with white energy efficient bulbs one week later). This was Part of Project Porchlights campaign to raise awareness of environmental concerns. Approximately 210 lights were changed and resembled a Leprechaun's hat. The change was estimated to save Calgary Tower some $12,000 and reduce greenhouse emissions by 104 tonnes.
- March 17, 2017