St Patricks Day Celebrations in Madrid

It’s time for another St Patricks Day

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St Patricks Day in Madrid

Welcome to St Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself.

It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God”. The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands”. Patrick’s efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland, despite the fact that snakes were not known to inhabit the region.

Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland’s foremost saint.

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What we are doing to keep you safe

  • All tables must be allocated by a member of staff
  • We will bring food and drinks to your table
  • We sanitize touch points frequently
  • We are only able to accept table bookings of 4 people

What you need to do to keep everyone safe

  • Please signal a member of the team for table service
  • Facemasks must be worn at all times unless seated
  • Please remain seated and do not allow children to wonder
  • Follow the 1.5m social distancing rule in place
  • Sanitise your hands before entering the building
  • Use the hand sanitiser stations available in each area

Celebrate St Patricks Day

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