Rock of Cashel, Hore Abbey, and Clonmacnoise. Regarding Cashel, I remember the tour guide relating the story of the third king of Cashel, Aengus, being baptized by St. Patrick there. He related the legend, which my kids love, that Patrick accidentally pierced the king's foot with the pointed end of his staff (really handy for climbing hills around Ireland), but that the king thought it was part of the baptism ceremony, so he just gritted his teeth and kept silent. The rough pagan king must have thought, wow, those Christians must be a tough lot!
Today we will read about St. Patrick here and in some of our own books. Here is a coloring page for the big kids, and another for the younger ones (I had to sift through dozens of Leprechauns to find a single St. Patrick!). We will most certainly look at my old photos of Ireland and some of my photo books, and bake something yummy. And
Anyway, here's to St. Patrick and to the Irish and non-Irish alike who hold him in their hearts.