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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 12, 2010 Page5 St. Patrick's Day- The Italian Connection by Maria Gloria It's time to recycle my to the sea, he found a ship Patrick traveled all over Ire- "St. Patrick was Italian" that took him back to En- land. He always had a drum- column as March 17 th ap- gland. By now, the Romans met with him. proaches. The first St. had been chased out; they When he arrived at a vil- Patrick's Day in the U.S. was were no longer the rulers, lage, the drummer would held in Boston in 1734. By and the country was in ru- drum, and the people would stretching things a bit, you ins. Patrick sailed across come from their houses to can correctly state that "St. the channel and wandered listen to him (as in drum- Patrick was Italian." through Europe, and then on ming up business). Patrick Patrick's parents were Ro- to Rome, and found that by showed them a shamrock, mans. The Romans ruled the year 410 A.D., the cen- like a three-leafed clover. England at that time. ter of all Roman power had Patrick explained the idea of Calpurnius, Patrick's father, been conquered as well. the Father, the Son, and the was a high Roman diplomat His past was really dead, so Holy Ghost. If no shamrocks living in England, but a Ro- he decided to go back to were handy, he used the man citizen. Patrick was England to think, pray and water, ice, and steam idea. born in England (some say live quietly there. While in Today, the shamrock is Scotland) around the year prayer, he felt certain that Ireland's national flower, and 385 A.D. Roman cities in God was calling him back to as more tribal kings and England had shops and Ireland to bring all those their people became Chris- beautiful houses, so Patrick tribes together and make tians, they came together to lived the good life for a while. Ireland a Christian land. But worship and be united as a Across the sea in Ireland first, Patrick went to France country. (Eire), things were not so and studied religion there for Bishop Patricius drummed good. Tribal kings were con- ten years, the snakes out of Ireland stantly feuding, and in the In the year 432 A.D. Pope and into the sea (according year 400 A.D., a tribal king Celestine made Patrick a to legend), and built hun- (Niall) attacked England. He bishop and named him dreds of churches. When he took thousands of prisoners, "Patricius." Now, Bishop died on March 17 (between including Patrick, for slaves. Patricius sailed for Ireland. 461 and 492 A.D.), the Pope Soon the rich little Roman The Irish people were not declared him a saint and had kid was forced to herd pigs interested in Christianity him buried on church and sheep, just a poor little and tried to stone him to grounds in Downpatrick, Ire- slave boy far from home. death. The Bishop and his land. In the U.S., St. Patrick was taken to North- men fled and found shelter Patrick's Day means party ern Ireland and sold to an- for .the night in a barn near time. In Ireland, it means other tribal king named the shore. The barn belonged Holy Time. Meliucc. Meliucc and his to a tribal king named Irish archaeologists have family were kind to Patrick, Dichu. He thought the long uncovered ancient Ital- and their children were good bishop and his men were Jan artifacts that kept sur- company. Still, Patrick robbers and wanted to kill facing in Dublin and beyond (Maewyn) was alone in a them. but many Irish authorities strange land, only 15 years Patrick held out his hand had been slow to accept the old. He did not know the lan- and smiled, and a golden reality that the Emerald Isle guage. He didn't know if his aura shone on his face. was at least in part family was still alive. Patrick Dichu put down his weapon, Italianized. Although Roman slept in a mud hut and was his fierce dog stopped growl-- ornaments, jewelry and a swineherder, ing (according to legend), and coins repeatedly popped up At 21 years old, after six Dichu became the first all over Ireland, the National years as a slave, he ran Christian in Ireland and his Museum and a small band of away. Walking many miles barn the first church. Irish archaeologists stone- walled and ancient Italian I 0  AL[ 0W I artifacts that kept surfacing aR were attributed to British owners. ..... In early 1996 Britain's Sun- ...... .............. day Times revealed that Ire- land, like England, had been penetrated by the legions of Rome as early as AD 79 and the myth of Irish resistance to Italy's ancient empire was just that, a fabrication de- signed to shore up the nation's Celtic identity. The Irish have long held dear the notion that their land had withstood the civilizing tide of italianization. After the 1996 astounding archaeological discoveries, the early "Italianization" of the Emerald Isle was hard to deny. Fifteen miles north of Dublin, beneath the soil of Drumanagh, Ireland's hid- APRIL den past came to light. A Ro- man fort built to protect Ital- ian merchants and perhaps  ,, expand colonization of the IglO interior was discovered in this rugged patch of the Irish AIIRENA east coast. Roman coins bearing the (Continued on Page 13) Claudio Baglioni Performs at Foxwoods by Mario Alfano Italian singer/songwriter, Claudio Baglioni, thrilled his audience with his Q.P.G.A. (Questo Piccolo Grande Amore) concert at the MGM Theater at Foxwoods on March 7, 2010. Baglioni started with his famous song, Avrai, written in 1982 in occasion of the birth of his son and continued with two and a half hours of songs spanning a career of over 40 years. Strada Faeendo, Poster, La Vita e' Adesso, and well over a dozen songs were delivered with energy and enthusiasm. 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