The first ever St Patrick’s Day Parade was took place in 1601 in ……. St Augustine, Florida!!
It’s become a global phenomena and is now of course celebrated worldwide with world famous landmarks even being lit up green to celebrate St Patrick and Ireland. An amazing impact for a small island off the west coast of Europe.
Sadly COVID-19 has prevented parades taking place in Ireland or abroad.
St Patrick has an association with Carlow and Rathvilly. Ireland’s patron saint baptised the King of Leinster, Crimthann and his family at the well which is located, naturally, in the townland of Patrickswell, Rathvilly.
To mark St Patrick’s Day 2020 here are some photos of some of our lesser known heritage sites around the county:
There are a number of interesting sites very close by which include ancient crosses and ogham stones: