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Ireland, you are full of stories.
The favourite one of all, which the universe adopts as an forgive for boozing and merrymaking shenanigans, is of march the fable of St Patrick.
A man who, frankly, has some-more questions than answers.
Who was he? We don’t know.
Where did he come from? We don’t know.
Where he was buried?
Come on now… you’ve seen the settlement here.
At slightest you’ll only find good humour and probity from inhabitant debate guide, John Kennedy.
‘He is the Patron Saint of Ireland, but even so… we know very little about him’, he said. ‘He was kidnapped by the Irish, that means he was presumably Scottish, presumably French, presumably Welsh, presumably a enthusiast saint is an Englishman…’
And then of course, you have his wife, Sheelah.
Sheelah, you ask?
Yes, nobody these days celebrates her but actually St Patrick had a wife named Sheelah.
In nonetheless another instance of a lady being released from the records, the jubilee of Sheelah (the day after St Patrick’s on Mar 17) was a day of having a festival to recognize all things female. The fruitful inlet of the land, the fact that man needs a lady to safeguard things are created.
And women, according to the fish in the Guinness Storehouse, which we visited during a trip, need men like a fish needs a bicycle.
I’m not here to contend either that matter is loyal or not. All we will contend is, it’s a damn convincing fish (just watch the video at the top of the article).
Shane Lehane, from Cork College University has researched extensively and found justification of this lost matrimony.
‘Before the mid-19th century there was a day called Sheelah’s Day. This was the Mar 18 and was a delay of the (festivities) on Mar 17. People continued their celebration and frolic in honour of Sheelah. And in the references it clearly says ‘St Patrick’s wife’.
‘This was news to me so we started to trawl by other chronological sources. Lo and behold, Patrick and Sheelah are seen as a arrange of couple.
‘In the renouned mind, St Patrick was noticed by the people of Ireland as having a wife as well.
‘I consider christianity is misogynistic, congenital and so on. But the folk record, and the imaginary record, tends to concentration on the peace between the sexes.’
A revisit to Ireland is always going to be a comfortable and welcoming one, and a organisation – from America and Europe – were treated to the famous Irish charm.
We all wore stupid hats, and dignified people’s creativity in representing all things stereotypical to Ireland. Shamrocks featured heavily and immature was the only colour en vogue. We enjoyed the St Patrick’s Day march in Dublin.
And of course, we detected a new reason to extend the party from St Patrick’s Day on Mar 17 to the day of Sheelah, on the 18th… his unnoticed wife. How inattentive of everyone.
Info for Ireland
We flew to Dublin with Aer Lingus, where flights from Gatwick start at £29.99.
We stayed at Buswells Hotel in Dublin city centre, where bedrooms start around €191, and at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, just 15 mins from Dublin International Airport, with bedrooms starting from €99 per night.
For information on visiting Ireland, go to www.ireland.com
For a outing a few hours south west of Dublin, you’ll find copiousness of story and accessible locals in Limerick. We stayed at Strand Hotel Limerick.