St. Patrick healing a sick man while the crowd stand by and marvel at his faith!

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According to the Confession of St. Patrick and other texts, St. Patrick was born in Wales and as a boy was captured by Irish raiders and taken to be a slave. Herding sheep on Slemish in modern Northern Ireland he eventually managed to make his way back home. He became a priest and was sent back to evangelise on the island of Ireland. He was so successful that the entire island was converted within 100 years of his arrival. Today 17 March, the feast day of St. Patrick, we, the three Marys and all at NLI, wish you a very happy St. Patricks Day and thank you for your support and company.

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

Collection: Mason Photographic Collection

Date: c.1890 - 1910

NLI Ref: M29/20

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    • 17/Mar/2016 09:16:30

    Weird to see something in colour on this photostream ! It is a special day indeed. I was looking at St Patrick's Day quotes this morning - this is my favourite ...

    May you live all the days of your life. Jonathan Swift

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    • 17/Mar/2016 10:34:22

    Día grande en Irlanda

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    • 17/Mar/2016 11:57:13

    Thank you. Very nice photo!

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    Ara Musha

    • 17/Mar/2016 12:20:27

    Trolleys didn't have wheels back then...I wonder how long your man had to wait?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Mar/2016 20:43:43

    Thanks all. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.

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    Reconstructing Light

    • 17/Mar/2016 20:43:50

    So, he transformed the snakes into men.....

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    • 18/Mar/2016 00:58:01 No snake jokes, we promised last year!

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    • 18/Mar/2016 04:10:53 Hope you had a good St. Paddy's Day at Library Towers! (And see how I spelled it right? I'll admit to having one of those American accents where "Paddy" and "Patty" are pronounced exactly the same, though...)

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    • 19/Mar/2016 00:47:35

    Definitely showing dedication by posting on a national holiday Marys and worth it to see this in Explore. Congrats agus beannachtaí na féile Pádraig oraibh.

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    Karin Joy Passmore

    • 25/Mar/2016 15:37:16

    Very grateful for Saint Patrick's dedication to the Living God, and for the opportunity to be a Christian. Grateful for my Irish ancestors. ~K~

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    • 02/Feb/2021 06:04:22

    Out of the three patron saints of Ireland, Saint Patrick is first and foremost. The other two are Brigid of Kildare, a nun whose name is highly prominent in Irish legends and folklore, and Columba, the patron saint of Derry renowned for spreading Christianity in what is now known as Scotland.