St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about 385 AD. He traveled throughout Ireland, establishing monasteries, schools and churches which would aid him in his conversion of the Irish to Christianity. He often used the three-leafed shamrock to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has since been commemorated as St. Patrick's Day.
The leprechaun is derived from ancient mythology. They believed that the leprechaun used the rich green countryside to conceal himself. Thus the color green became associated with all things Irish, even down to the color of the beer.
When raising your glass today, make a traditional toast...
Here's to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold beer - and another one!