Who or what is St Patrick?

Speaking of St Patrick’s Day, the Institute of Irish Studies are holding a seminar on St Patrick’s Day in the aftermath of the real thing. Keep an eye on the next issue of BritainandIreland.org for a think piece on how it has become a global event, firstly for the Diaspora, then local populations, and finally coming home to Ireland itself.

  • Busty Brenda

    Who or what is St Patrick?

    A bloke who gave us an excuse to party!!

  • Contemplate the strife that Keane’s “thin veneer of Christianity” has given the island.

    St. Patrick is Ireland as Cortez is to Mexico.

    Bring back the feckin’ snakes!

  • missfitz

    Are you going to the conference Brenda, and we can have a pint and discuss it in full? Or become full and discuss it?

  • We, as one of the conference organisers, do hope that we attract not just academics to the conference but anybody interested in thre varieties of way St. Patrick is celebrated around the globe as well as the multiple political discourses which surround festivities.

    For those interested in the debate surrounding the Belfast City celebrations, we have penciled in a round table debate on the issue, which includes cllr Nelson McCausland from the DUP and Conor Maskey representing the republican point of view.

  • Rebecca Black

    There was a good programme on this theme last night on BBC, I think it was “You thought you knew” or something like that. Unfortunately I only caught that last 20 mins but it was excellent. They interviewed a range of people on their interpretation of Patrick including Ian Paisley which was very interesting.

  • Ziznivy

    I would have watched that had I not been put off by the appalling Irish Language pish before it. Another waste of my licence money.

  • Brian Boru

    A Welsh missionary.

  • Brendan

    St Patrick’s Day The Aftermath Discussion

    I think the discussion will be more interesting than usual at your event- how many people will interpret the very large rainbow flag that will be on show as Belfast City Councils’ attempt to de-republianise the event? Which is in fact part of a show of strength from the gay community. I welcome the show of strength from the gay community but what will be the consequences be – more mistaken idenities a lot of gay activists are republicans and will be there.

  • An astute point Brendan. Is the problem with the Parade or the wider tendancy for people in NI to reduce all culture forms to competitive binaries?

    Two pieces that might be worth drawing on here:

    This Amartya Sen piece. And my Britain and Ireland interview with Edna Longley.

  • DK

    “a lot of gay activists are republicans”

    Blimey – that’s one I never though of before. Is there sectarianism in the gay community?

  • Rory

    Sectarianism in the gay community? Are you joking?
    The homosexual underpinning of the most vicious of the Loyalist murder squads is a pathological study all to itself. John McKeague, Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair, Michael Stone (read his ghosted “autobiography”). A similar phenomenon has been apparent in all the hoop-di-do of the British Nazi groups – John Tyndall and Martin Webster spring to mind and then of course, in the USA penal system we have the Aryan Nation, first established by Irish bikers in San Quentin.

    And no, I am not drawing any parallels between displays of male sexuality and vicious sectarianism. I have had darling male lovers of my own. I simply say that being “gay” doesn’t make one immune from sectarianism. I suspect that the terrible weight of sexual repression may well feed a darker pathology of unspeakable vileness.