Happy St Patrick’s Day from Brittany – France.

15 Mar
A graphic tablet drawing made by Benjamin.

A graphics tablet drawing made by Benjamin.

Brittany being part of the Celtic nations , we do share some of our cousins’ traditions with them, mostly with the small local Irish community over here.

Celtic Nations. Can you spot Brittany?

Celtic Nations. Can you spot Brittany?

Our Irish cousins  celebrate St Patick’s Day  in Brest city and port on the 17th of March every year. They listen to music,sing, dance and decorate their pubs with shamrocks, St Patrick’s symbol. St Patrick is known to have brought christianity to Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity.

At school,  we talked about one of their most famous cheeky elf   .  Do you know its name?  Do you know that supernatural creature belonging to the Irish folklore? ( In Brittany, we have them too. They are called Korrigans and are sort of mischievous small dwarf-like fairies )

Dorine  made a drawing to help you find out  . Have a look 🙂

An Irish elf called ...?

An Irish elf called …?


Posted by on March 15, 2013 in Folklore, France


17 responses to “Happy St Patrick’s Day from Brittany – France.

  1. Julie-France 6D

    March 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s day everybody! 🙂

  2. Marie-France

    March 17, 2013 at 10:06 am

    @ Julie: there will be Irish dancing and singing on the port tonight 🙂

  3. Martin-France 6eB

    March 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Enjoy St Patrick’s Day everybody !!!!

  4. Giovanna

    March 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    So do you have the custom of wearing green clothes on this day in Brittany, too? Would it be a school holiday if it wasn’t on a Sunday?

  5. mrsc14

    March 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I did not realise that there was such a strong connection between Brittany and Ireland. I love Dorine and Benjamin’s leprechauns.

    An irish saying for St Patrick’s Day………

    There are good ships, and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea.
    But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be.

  6. Marie-France

    March 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    @ Giovanna: No we don’t wear green apart from the English teacher who used to disguise herself on that day when school was on 😉 We share the fun in Brest but St Patrick belongs to the Irish 😉 Mind you, Irish saints are supposed to have christianised us in the Vth century A.D. They even crossed the Channel in stone boats. So the legends say anyway 😉

  7. Marie-France

    March 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    @ MrsC: we are the irish neighbours from beyond the sea. And we have very rich inter cultural exchanges Every year, they are invited to take part in our International Celtic festival:
    Not far from Brest, from Roscoff, visitors can set foot in Ireland on ferries.

  8. MrsU

    March 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Irish singing and dancing in the port of Brest…I am sure you’re having a great time right now 🙂 Would love to join you… 🙂 and I’d love to see a photo of the teacher dressed as a l…. 🙂 no, no… I won’t reveal the solution 😉
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everybody! 🙂

  9. Victor andre 6D -France

    March 18, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s day everybody.

  10. Michelle.Germany

    March 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    An Irish elf is called a Leprechaun… 😉

  11. Marie-France

    March 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    @ Michelle: you got the name right 🙂

  12. MrsU

    March 18, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    What is Michelle’s prize? Will she be invited to your next St.Patrick’s Day party? 😉

  13. axelle 6B france

    March 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Dorine’s beautiful Leprechaun 🙂 🙂

  14. Marie-France

    March 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    @ Michelle: a little bird told me you had your St Patrick’s prize coming from over the rainbow 😉 Right?

  15. Michelle Germany

    March 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    The leprechaun lollipop was a great surprise. Thanks a lot. 🙂

  16. Michelle.Germany

    March 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Great painting Dorine! 😉

  17. Giraffi Germany

    April 1, 2013 at 5:36 am

    I love your drawing, Dorine. 🙂 You are a great artist. 🙂


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