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Time is running out to enter Inspire! and St Patrick’s Day is coming

Have you entered our Inspire! competition?

There’s just over a month to go so don’t forget to send us your entries by 20 April to be in with a chance of winning £1500 for your school. Take a look on to find out more and download an entry form.

St Patrick’s Day is on Wednesday 17 March

On 17 March, the Irish celebrate St Patrick’s Day. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. HistorIrish soda breadians know that he was born to wealthy parents at the end of the 4th century. It is thought that he died around 17 March 460 A.D.

For several years he was held captive by Irish raiders and it was during this time that he became a devout Christian. He tried to incorporate native Irish beliefs into the religion to encourage people to follow it, for example, lighting a bonfire to celebrate Easter as traditionally the Irish honoured their gods with fire.

Why don’t you join in the celebrations and bake some Irish soda bread? You can find the recipe here.

Super tip!

Try adding two teaspoons of cinnamon, one teaspoon of nutmeg and half a teaspoon of allspice for a spicy treat, or adding currants or herbs.

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