" "Done with you", said the serpent, "but you're not to try any tricks with the crook of your staff if I come out of here!
" "Honour bright", said the saint and put the staff away behind a rock.
Let's go back to more innocent times then and find out how St.
Patrick, having banished all the snakes out of Ireland, outwitted one last obdurate, wily old serpent.
While the Beltane Festival is now associated with May 1st, the actual astronomical date is a number of days later, for 2012 the date is May 5th.
More This is the month when we celebrate the bringing of Christianity to Ireland by St. For most people now it has little religious significance at all and indeed in many places, including Ireland, it is nothing more than a pagan bachanaal, or an instument by which we can coax more tourist dollars, or yen, or whatever you have in your pocket, to Ireland.
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A very Happy Christmas and New Year to all my Sligo Heritage readers. I hope you will continue to find this site useful for items of history and heritage in 2012.
Two seasonal pages of Irish customs: Many thanks to all the Irish Americans I met at the Maryland Irish Festival. A special thanks to Stacey Guerin, festival organiser, for the invitation and to Michael and Trish Waugh of Wild West Irish Tours for facilitating.
The Screaming Orphans (pictured) have a big following in the USA.
The two had been adversaries for a long time and the snake, while he would never admit it, had a sneaking regard for St.
Patrick and his abilities "That's my business", answered the saint abruptly.