Christmas might now seem like a distant memory but for Irish around the world Saint Patrick’s Day is the next big date in the calendar as it’s a chance to share, have fun and celebrate our unique culture together.

There’s nothing better than being surrounded by your own people every year on the 17th of March, all hailing from the Emerald Isle in some shape or form, and every year provides more memories. However, most Irish might not know about their patron Saint’s random acts of kindness and giving that decorated his life in our country. 

The History of Saint Patrick’s Day

After converting to Catholicism Saint Patrick dedicated his life to serving and giving to others and his special day was first designated a Christian feast day in the 17th century.

Since then it has long been respected in Ireland but it first came to the United States of America in 1737, when Irish troops serving in Boston, celebrated their national holiday. The first public celebration in New York came almost twenty years later in 1756 and ever since then the holiday has slowly grown into a time for family, friends and craic!

Random Acts of Kindness

When surrounded by family and friends there’s no better feeling than that of giving. The giving of stories, memories, food, drink and more all add to the day and a random act of kindness is something indelibly linked to the story of Saint Patrick. During his years of service our patron Saint toured the shores of Ireland sharing the gift of the natural shamrock whilst teaching the message of the Holy Trinity: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

We love this story and the Irish are famed worldwide as a friendly and caring people and there’s no better day to share a gift than on the national feast day of our patron Saint.

The beautiful Slemish Mountain where St. Patrick is believed to be buried.

The beautiful Slemish Mountain where St. Patrick is believed to be buried.

Why We Do What We Do

Saint Patrick’s story remains close to our hearts for several reasons.

It might be well told and it’s been shared and cherished in every far-flung corner of the earth but you might not know that the iconic Slemish mountain, a crucial element in our patron Saint’s story, is right around the corner from conserved Emerald Heritage land.

We operate in the incredible Glens with the shadow of Slemish mountain close at hand and as you may or may not know, we are on a quest to simultaneously reconnect Irish throughout the world with the auld sod of home and conserve, protect and replant Irish forests for future generations.

Every plot we pass on to another Irish landowner becomes another piece of Ireland saved forever and we can’t think of a better random act of kindness this Saint Patrick’s Day!

Whatever you do this Saint Patrick’s Day have fun, make memories and remember that it’s a time of kindness and giving as well.

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