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“Elementary Teachers, Celebrate St Patrick’s Day.” – Janelle Cox

Friday, March 16, 2012. Today I am grateful for Janelle Cox, of Elementary Education, who helps provide leadership and practical help for elementary school teachers . – Doc Meek

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Creative St. Patrick’s Day Writing Prompts

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by encouraging your students to become creative writers. I have compiled an extensive list of creative writing prompts and ideas for St. Patrick’s Day. You will find writing prompts, creative writing ideas and St. Patrick’s Day party tips. Use this list in conjunction with your St. Patty’s Day theme.

Do you have any St. Patrick’s Day writing prompts or ideas you would like to share? Join in on the conversation on our Forum.

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From Janelle Cox, your Guide to Elementary Education

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day! How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your class? Take a look at what other teachers are saying in the forum. On Wednesday, March 14th look for the article on quick tips and activities for St. Patrick’s Day.



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Doc Meek, Fri, Mar 16, 2012, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“Thank heaven for humor!” – Doc Meek

Thursday, March 15, 2012. Today I am grateful for humor, heaven, honorable Irishmen, and St Patrick’s Day (March 17). – Doc Meek


Maxine says: “If you find a four-leaf clover . . . you have entirely too much time on your hands.” 😮

As a “fellow Irishman,” I want to thank Maxine and her creator, John Wagner, for adding beloved humor to our days!”

Doc Meek, Thurs, Mar 15, 2012, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA


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St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador on the nearest Monday to March 17 each year.

This event commemorates the life of St Patrick, a missionary who worked in Ireland and is said to have died on March 17 in the fifth century. He played an important role in converting the inhabitants of Ireland to Christianity. Now, his feast day is an opportunity to celebrate Irish culture.

St. Patrick's DaySt Patrick’s Day, which is an official holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador, celebrates Irish culture, history and traditions. © Johnson

What do people do?

In some cities, notably Toronto and Montreal, large scale St Patrick’s Day parades are held, often on the Sunday closest to March 17. The parade in Montreal has been held every year since 1824. However, the first recorded celebration of St Patrick’s Day was in 1759 by Irish soldiers serving with the British army following their conquest of part of New France, a French colony in North America. In some places there are Irish cultural events. For instance, the Irish Association of Manitoba organizes a three-day festival of Irish culture in the week of St Patrick’s Day.

People who have an Irish background or enjoy Irish culture may hold Irish themed parties and serve traditional dishes, such as Colcannon or Irish stew. Colcannon is a dish of mashed potatoes mixed with kale or cabbage and Irish stew is traditionally made with lamb and root vegetables. Traditional Irish drinks include stout, a dark beer, and whiskey. Other parties may be themed around the color green. Guests may be expected to wear green clothes and only green food and drink is served.

Public life

St Patrick’s Day is an official holiday in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is observed by the provincial government, but post offices, stores, many schools, businesses and other organizations are open. Public transport services run on their regular timetables.

St Patrick’s Day is not a public holiday in other parts of Canada. Schools, organizations, businesses, stores and post offices are open as usual. Some organizations may arrange St Patrick’s Day parties, but these do not usually disrupt normal affairs. Public transport services run on their regular timetables. In cities, where parades or large public events are held, there may be some congestion or road closures.


St Patrick’s Day marks the feast day and anniversary of the death of a Christian missionary known as Patrick. He was born in the year 387, probably somewhere near the present day border between Scotland and England. At the age of 16, he was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave. During this period, he became very religious and after six years he fled back to his family.

Later in his life, he returned to Ireland as a missionary. He is said to have played an important role in converting the inhabitants of Ireland to Christianity and in ridding the island of snakes. However, there is no evidence that there have been any snakes in Ireland in the past 10,000 years. The “snakes” he drove out of Ireland may represent particular groups of pagans or druids. It is believed that St Patrick died on March 17 probably in the year 461 or 493 (according to different sources). St Patrick is buried under Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, County Down, and is one of the three patron saints of Ireland. The other patron saints are St Brigid of Kildare and St Columba.

St Patrick’s Day celebrations were brought to Canada by Irish immigrants. The day is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland. In the rest of the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, it is celebrated, but is not an official holiday.


The most widely-seen St Patrick’s Day symbols are the colors green, and sometimes orange, and the shamrock. The shamrock is a symbol of Ireland and a registered trademark of the Republic of Ireland. It is the leaf of the clover plant, which grows on the ground, often among grass and an Irish Catholic symbol of the Holy Trinity. It is sometimes confused with the four-leaf clover, which is a variety of the three-leaf clover and is thought to bring good luck.

About St. Patrick’s Day in other countries

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“I love Irish music & dance.” ~ Doc Meek

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Girls playing Irish folk music during a St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, 2010; image/caption from:’s_Day

Thursday, the 17th of Ireland, 2011. Today I’m feeling a great Irish sense of gratitude for me late fither [my Dad], James Collins Meek II, born in Belfast, Ireland, and after whom I was named. His name is one of my cherished Irish legacies. – James Collins Meek III (Doc Meek)

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The Chicago River is dyed green each year for St Patrick’s Day celebration, shown here in 2005; image/caption from:’s_Day
How many of these Irish instruments do you know?
(How many can you pronounce?) 😮

A fiddle and bow


Tin whistles, and a low whistle (right), in a variety of makes and keys

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A (keyless) Irish flute

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Uilleann pipes being played by Liam O’Flynn

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A medieval cláirseach (a Celtic harp)


The banjo being played by Mick Moloney

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An Irish Bouzouki.


Bodhrán with tipper.

Thank you Dad (James Collins Meek II) for my name and for my delightful Irish heritage!

Doc Meek (James Collins Meek III), Thurs, Mar 17, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

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