St. Patrick’s Day …When Everyone’s Irish -At -Heart!

irish_blessing_cottageSaint Patrick’s Day is on March 17th each year with Celebrations on  that day and more! Folks at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort® have a variety of choices…On the Plantation and beyond it’s gates in Coastal Carolina! It’s our time to  honor Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland…As well as celebrating the wit and charm of the Irish!

Saint Patrick…Patron Saint of Ireland

St. Patrick220px-Saint_Patrick_(window)Saint Patrick was born in Britain when it was a part of the Roman Empire. (His birth name was Maewyn and his time was AD 385 – 461)  He was from a Roman family in high standing, living in Britain where his father was an army officer in charge of the colonies. His father was also a deacon of the Christian Church. Patrick’s grandfather was a member of the clergy. Though he was from a Christian family, Patrick was not particularly religious as a boy. Patrick was kidnapped around at the age of 16 and served as a slave in Ireland for 6 years before escaping to a monastery in Gaul (France) where he converted to Christianity. According to his own writings in Patrick’s “Declaration”, while he was a slave, he served as a shepherd.  It was during that time that he says he personally “Found God”.  After leaving the convent and returning to his family in Britain, he later went to Ireland for mission work. Patrick found a a place as a cleric and later a Bishop in the Christian Faith.

While Christianity had already taken hold in Ireland, tradition has it that as Bishop, Patrick confronted the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites. His action made Christianity more widespread. It was after his death that Patrick was named the Patron Saint of Ireland. Celebrations were understated in Ireland at the time. It was when the Irish emigrated to the United States, that they crated bigger celebrations and parades. It was a way for the Irish to connect with their roots after they moved to America…Lucky for us!

Saint Patrick Day Traditions

March 17…Saint Patrick’s Day

ST-PATRICKS-DAY2-images-and-graphicsThe date that Saint Patrick died was March 17, hence the day we celebrate his life!  Saint Patrick is buried in Ireland at the Village of Downpatrick. Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for Saint Patrick’s Day!  Though it began as a religious holiday, through the years it has become more cultural with numerous celebrations!

Saint Patrick’s Day is now celebrated in many countries including Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, Russia…To name a few! It has also been honored by astronauts in the International Space Station:St. Pat's Coleman1024px-Catherine_Coleman_with_flutes_floating_in_spaceSt. Pat space1024px-Chris_Hadfield_in_the_Space_Station_on_Saint_Patrick's_Day

  • March 17, 2011 by Catherine Coleman with the Irish Flute
  • March 17, 2013 by Chris Hatfield dressed in Green!

As they say, on March 17th…Everyone is Irish!

shamrockoriginal-1127078-1The Shamrock

According to Legend…Saint Patrick used The Three Leaf Clover (Shamrock)  to explain the Holy-Trinity.

Green for Saint Patrick’s Day

irish flagtumblr_lqi329g7b31qa7ju7o1_4001Saint Patrick was originally known for the color blue…Known as Saint Patrick’s Blue. It was in the 17th Century that the color of Saint Patrick’s Day was green for a variety of reasons. There is green in the tri-colored flag of Ireland as well as in the flag of Irish revolutionary groups through history. emerald-isleIreland is known as the Emerald Isle! Also, the Shamrock, related to the legend of Saint Patrick, is green. The pinching of those not wearing green became an American tradition. It was to be a reminder that the leprechauns might sneak up and pinch anyone not wearing green!


***Dyeing the river Green in Chicago*** This became a Chicago tradition beginning in 1962 and is still honored every Saint Patrick’s Day!

White House Fountain Dyed Green for St. Patrick's DayThe White House Fountain is also dyed green to honor Saint Patrick’s Day!

green beerclose-up_of_green_beer_on_st_patricks_day_alh01056-512x522You might find some green beer being served at any saint Patrick’s Day celebration! Cheers!

Corn Beef and Cabbage

corned-beef-cabbage-wmCorn beef and cabbage is an Irish American dish.  The early Irish Americans were very poor and could not afford certain meals. The best meal they could afford on that special day was corn beef and cabbage which became a staple for the  holiday!

Saint Patrick’s Day Parades

Eighteenth Century Irish soldiers  who fought in the Revolutionary War held the first Saint Patrick’s Day Parades. These parades took on a different meaning and influence when Irish immigrants came to America. They reminded them of their roots and culture of the Irish!

St patnmbstpatsNow their are Saint Patrick’s day parades in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Savannah, and other cities worldwide!       ***We have a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday, March 14, 2015!***  More detail to come in this article!

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral…New York City

StSaint Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States and is a prominent landmark of New York City! Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is built in the Neo-Gothic-style is located on 5th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan…And was opened to the public in 1879! This magnificent Cathedral is brick clad in marble and can seat  2,500 people. It is known, among other treasures, for it’s marvelous stained glass. The Rose Window, measuring 26 ft. in diameter, is above the Gallery Organ which has 7,000 Pipes. The second organ at St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the Chancel organ.  There are a number of Masses there every day…A tribute to Saint Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland!

Honoring Saint Patrick and the Irish in Coastal Carolina

la-belle-amie-vineyardLa Belle Amie Winery…St. Pat’s Bonfire

Saturday, March 14, 2015…Noon – 5pm

Live Music By: Stringwood Trio…12:30 – 4:30pm

Food at the Vineyard Grill…Seating under the pavilion & cabanas Or Porch Vineyard Grounds

$3 and please bring your lawn chair and a Friend!


St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival

St patrick's dayimagesSaturday, March 14, 2015…St. Patrick’s Parade at 9am on Main Street, North Myrtle Beach

Festival: 11am – 4pm  Includes:

  • Two Stages of Live Music
  • Children’s area with Rides & Amusements
  • 150 Vendors

    Celebrate being Irish and the Welcoming of Spring!


Annual Irish Fest

Saint Patrick's Day myrtle-beach-boardwalk-festivals-amp-events-myrtle-beach-boardwalk4Saturday, March 14…The Market Common, Valor Park in Myrtle Beach,SC

6th Annual great Family Friendly even for ALL!


St. Patrick’s Day Party…Castano’s Italian Steakhouse @ Barefoot Landing, N. Myrtle Beach, SC

castanos2 room & posterTuesday, March 17, 2015…St. Patrick’s Day Party:

  • Live Entertainment
  • Food Specials…Including Corn Beef & Cabbage,Dublin Coddle
  • Green Beer, Guiness
  • Party Favors
  • & More!                   Lots of FUN!


Irish LuckBrunswick Plantation and Golf Resort ®, the Two State Solution to Fun welcomes you to Celebrate Saint Patrick’s day with us in Coastal Carolina! Begorrah…May the”Luck of the Irish be With You!



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