March 10 2010 Edition

The Bellshrine of St. Patrick

Commissioned by Domnall MacLochlainn, High King of Ireland , between A.D. 1091 - 1105



Life of Saint Patrick can be read here


Clog-an-eadbacta Phatraic
A Social History of Ancient Ireland
P.W. Joyce 1903

St-Patrick’s Day events

The March 20 St-Patrick's Day parade, while the centerpiece of the celebration, is just one of many events scheduled to celebrate the wearin' o' the green.

Home buying a good investment in Québec

According to the 17th Annual RBC Homeownership Survey, 90 per cent of Quebec residents believe that buying a house or condominium is a good investment, with 26 per cent saying they are likely to purchase a home in the next two years, up from 22 per cent in 2009.

Maple syrup industry optimistic for 2010

After four difficult springs, the 2009 season will go down as a historic season, with Quebec maple syrup production hitting 109.4 million pounds. Producers have been thrilled with the news, especially after they produced only half of this volume the previous year.

Owning the podium a noble objective

In response to Ladd Johnson's letter in last week's QCT entitled "Modesty is Important," I have these words to say. As a native-born Canadian, I, along with many other millions of my compatriots are all too well aware of the ‘modesty, balance, and fair-mindedness', as Mr. Johnson refers to it, of our country and its people.

Excerpts from Les Annales de l’Asile du bon-Pasteur de Québec on St. Patrick’s Day of old in Québec City

Another entry of our Annals is dated March 17th, 1875: This year, as in other years, we had an order for banners, decorations, etc. for the Irish feast day.

More seal pups stranded on beaches

The Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network expects there will be more incidents involving seal pups stranded on beaches in the next few weeks. Poor ice conditions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence make it difficult for hooded and harp seal pups, normally born and nursed on the ice pack. This could mean very high mortality rates for seal pups born this winter.

Time for a shoeshine

Here I am sitting on a stool surrounded by a dozen pair of black and brown shoes.

About every three months I decide it's time to shine my shoes and boots. I take them all down to the basement and get out the wax and brushes. I not only do those that have lost their shine but the shiny ones too. It keeps the leather soft and supple.

St. Patrick's Grave Site in Downpatrick, Ireland


Reputed site of burial of Saint Patrick, in churchyard of Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.  Stone is carved with Patrick and the plaque reads as follows:

Irish Moutarde ready for St. Patrick’s Day

Photo: Christian Haerinck

"My brother and I were doing a lot of Medieval parties," said Christian Haerinck, "and we were friends with some Scots who did Medieval re-enactments and I would wonder why nobody played the bagpipes."

So began Haerinck's infatuation with the fabled Scottish instrument, which he has now been playing for 10 years.

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