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St. Patrick's Day Parade, Wexford

We had the usual well-attended parade along the Wexford quays this morning. Beautiful sunny morning - but cold. Wexford Town's St. Patrick's Day Parade is probably the oldest parade in the country; it started back in 1917 and continued until the outbreak of world war two. In 1946 the parade was re-started. The parade has grown over the years, and today Wexford Town hosts one of the premier parades in the country.

You may never have heard of him, but we owe the Franciscan, Fr. Luke Wadding, a deep debt of gratitude for having the feast celibrated. In 1625 he opened the Irish College in Rome. A fierce Irish nationalist, he had no time at all for the British and their occupation of Ireland. He strongly supported the Irish Catholic uprising in the war of 1641, and his college became a hotbed of opposition to the British. Wadding sent soldiers and arms to Ireland, and persuaded Pope Innocent X to send Archbishop Giovanni Rinuccini here as his representative. He failed in his task, partly because of internal Irish strife (what’s new?) and returned to Rome in 1649, leaving Ireland at the mercy of Oliver Cromwell, who crushed the Irish rebellion.

Wadding succeeded against all the odds in making St. Patrick’s Day a feast day, after which it was wholeheartedly embraced by the Catholic Church, making it a worldwide day of celebration. So spare a thought for Luke Wadding this St. Patrick’s Day.

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Belated Happy St. Patrick's Day to you. The New York City St. Patrick's day parade is one of the oldest in the country. It has been celebrated in New York City since the mid-1700's here.

How have you put up with us for such a long time!!