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St. Patrick’s Day– and an Irish game

March 16, 2011

Caed Mile Failte!

We’ve been having some St. Patrick’s Day fun this week.

We started with reading from Our Island Story about the legendary saint.  For the younger set, I would recommend more of the picture book options like these, but none were available.

St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning

The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh


These from Nancy at Sage Parnassus also look good.

We also did a few math and reading games with a St. Patrick’s  theme from this site.

Tomorrow I will be dyeing milk green and putting little green footprints (really fingers) across my kitchen floor.  I also plan to make these rainbow cupcakes.

Tonight we read from Irish Legends for Children, a book my dad picked up in Ireland a few years ago. it has a few brief legends from the days before Patrick.

We read one called Setanta about a boy who joins the Red Branch Knights of Ulster. In it the boy plays a game called “hurley” or hurling with his slioter (sounds like “schlitter”).

Apparently it remains a popular Irish game with long roots. The slioter is similar to a baseball and the hurley stick resembles a hockey or lacrosse stick. The game sounds similar to lacrosse or hockey without the ice with players tossing or sticking the slioter across a field to score points. It’s been called the “fastest field game on earth.”

You can see hurling  in action here.

In the story, the boy would practice keeping the sliotar  in the air with the hurley stick while walking down the road.  That be a nice little challenge for your boys this St. Patrick’s Day!


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