Mad Libs – St. Patrick’s Day
For the uninitiated, “Mad Libs” is a word game you play with a friend. Without letting them see the story, ask them for a noun or a verb; whatever is required to fill in the blanks. Because they are giving you the correct part of speech, the story will be – grammatically – correct, but will probably be unintentionally funny. Have fun!
Symbols of St. Patricks Day: The Story of St. Patrick
The person who was to become St. Patrick, the [ADJECTIVE] [NOUN] of Ireland, was born in [PLACE] about [YEAR]. His given name was [FIRST NAME], and he almost didn’t get the job of [OCCUPATION] of Ireland because he lacked the required scholarship.
Far from being a saint, until he was [NUMBER], he considered himself a [NOUN]. At that age, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish [PLURAL NOUN] that raided his village. During his captivity, he became closer to God who appeared to him in [PLURAL NOUN].
He escaped from slavery after [NUMBER] years and went to [PLACE] where he [PAST TENSE VERB] in the monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre for a period of twelve years. During his training he became aware that his calling was to [VERB] the pagans to Christianity.
His wishes were to return to Ireland, to convert the [PLURAL NOUN] that had overrun the country. But his superiors instead appointed [FAMOUS PERSON]. But two years later, he was transferred to [PLACE] and Patrick, now having adopted that Christian name, was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland.
Patrick was quite successful at winning converts. And this fact upset the Celtic Druids. Patrick was [PAST TENSE VERB] several times, but escaped each time. He traveled throughout Ireland, establishing [PLURAL NOUN] across the country. He also set up [PLURAL NOUN] and [PLURAL NOUN] which would aid him in his conversion of the Irish country to Christianity.
There are many stories about St. Patrick, one of the most famous is how he drove all of the [PLURAL NOUN] from Ireland. He [PAST TENSE VERB] on a drum to accomplish this feat. They were a symbol of the Druids whose [NOUN] was [PAST TENSE VERB] by the coming of the Romans.
Symbols of St. Patrick’s Day: The Shamrock
One of Ireland‘s most famous symbols is the three leaf [NOUN]. It is said that the second bishop of Ireland, [FAMOUS PERSON] used it to explain the concept of the Trinity – the Father, the Son and the [ADJECTIVE] [NOUN]. It is also associated with good luck! Many people wear [PLURAL NOUN] on St. Patrick’s day to give them luck.
In written English, the first reference to the Shamrock dates from [YEAR], and in written Irish, as [NOUN], from 1707, as a badge to be worn on the [ARTICLE OF CLOTHING] on the Saint’s feast day. It was referred to as “The Wearing of the Green”. It originally ushered in [TIME OF YEAR], and wearing green clothes was said to attract [PLURAL NOUN]. Today, people in [PLACE] wear green clothes to celebrate their Irish heritage, but not in Ireland.
The Shamrock was used as an emblem by the Irish [NOUN] in the era of [FAMOUS POLITICIAN]‘s Parliament in the 1770′s, before The Act of Union, and was considered to be very rebellious. By Queen Victoria‘s time, Irish regiments were forbidden to [VERB] it under the pain of death by [NOUN]. At that time it became the custom for civilians to wear a little paper [NOUN] colored [COLOR] and [COLOR].
As a symbol of Ireland it has long been integrated into the symbol of the United Kingdom, along with the [NOUN] of England, the [NOUN] of Scotland and the [NOUN] of Wales. So today on St. Patrick’s Day, a member of the British Royal Family presents [PLURAL NOUN] to the Irish Guards regiment of the British Army.
Symbols of St. Patrick’s Day: Irish Legends
Another famous symbol is the legendary [NOUN]. He is a [NOUN]-like creature, sometimes called an Irish [NOUN]. In most representations, he looks like a [ADJECTIVE] [NOUN]. He is about [NUMBER] feet tall, wears a cocked hat and a leather [ARTICLE OF CLOTHING]. According to myth, they are aloof and unfriendly, they live alone and like to spend their time making [PLURAL NOUN]. They live in [PLACE] and hide from everyone. This is because each of them has a [NOUN] of gold. It is said they keep their gold at [PLACE]. Prospective treasure hunters should listen for the sound of [PLURAL NOUN]. If caught, they will reveal the whereabouts of their treasure, but the captor must keep his [BODY PART] on them every second. If they stray for as much as an instant, the creature will [VERB] and all hopes of finding the gold will be lost.
The famous Blarney [NOUN] is not just a story. It actually exists. It is set in the [NOUN] of the Blarney Castle in the Irish village of, where else, [PLACE]. Blarney Castle was [PAST TENSE VERB] in 1446 by the Lord of [PLACE]. The walls are [NUMBER] feet thick, built to withstand the attacks of [FAMOUS PERSON]‘s troops. The origins of the legend aren’t clear, but one story tells of an old woman who [PAST TENSE VERB] a [NOUN] to reward the king who saved her from drowning.
You can visit and if you [VERB] it, you will be given the gift of Blarney, that is to [VERB] convincingly to all you meet. This is not an easy feat though. In order to reach it, you must [VERB] on your [BODY PART] and bend your head [DIRECTION] between the main castle [NOUN] and the parapet while holding onto [ADJECTIVE] bars for support. But the chance to [VERB] better makes it worth the risk!