Going green

Published on March 17, 2017

Ryder Chisholm, 7, celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with his grandparents Dave and Brenda White

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Ryder Chisholm, 7, celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with his grandparents Dave and Brenda White with a green Shirley Temple drink at The Dock Food Spirits and Ales on Friday.

It’s a tradition for the New Glasgow residents, who have Irish roots, to observe the day at the area’s only Irish pub. St. Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland, and March 17 is the traditional date of his death.

The day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century, and the day commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, also honouring Irish heritage and culture. The wearing of green dates back to the Irish Rebellion of 1798, during which Irish soldiers wore the colour and sang the song, “The Wearing of the Green.”