by Mike Cronin & Daryl Adair - £21.99 Routledge (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780415359122 | ISBN 10: 0415359120
The first book to chronicle the full history of St. Patrick's Day - spanning its medieval origins, steeped in folklore and myth, to today's plastic leprechauns and green beer, and exploring the shared heritage of the Irish through the development of this amazine holiday.
Every year, all over the world, millions of Irish people, both native and by descent, together with their non-Irish friends, celebrate the life of a man who died over 1,500 years ago. St. Patrick's day is a boisterous festival of parading and revelry, dancing & drinking, emblazoned with shamrocks and harps, and all in emerald green.
The fascinating story of how the celebration of 17 March was transformed from a stuffy dinner for Ireland's elite to one of the world's most public festivals is captured here. From the medieval story of Patrick, to the first parades, the merchandising explosion (including green bagels and Guinness floats) and the evolution of the four-day St Patrick's Festival in Dublin. This unique study offers a bird's-eye view of the proceedings who don "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" buttons with pride as well as their part-time Paddy friends.
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