St Patrick’s Day – The British Newspaper Archive Blog


St Patrick’s Day through the years

In honour of St Patrick’s Day, we’ve dug into The British Newspaper Archive to find out how the day has been celebrated in different parts of the world over the last century. Interested in finding more examples of St Patrick’s Day celebrations? Register today and explore all of The British Newspaper Archive! Register for free today!  


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St Patrick’s Day shamrock sellers

1930s Shamrock sellers in Plymouth

Happy St Patrick’s Day! We just love these wonderful photographs of shamrock sellers in Plymouth in the 1930s, printed in the Western Morning News: Top photo View the whole newspaper page Western Morning News | 18 March 1937 Bottom photo View the whole newspaper page Western Morning News | 18 March 1939  


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Saint Patrick’s Day – Origins and History

St Patrick's Day

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, here are some stories (and a cartoon)  from the Archive about the origins and history of the national saint of Ireland  and, just for good measure, a story that explains the history of the shamrock.                       Register today and discover history as it happened


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