St Patrick’s Day Service, 17 March 2021

Ordinarily around this date the Christian Heritage of Dumbarton project (part of Dumbarton Churches Together) would have arranged for P5 children from all Primary Schools in Dumbarton, plus representatives of Kilpatrick School, to come together to play a Yes/No answer game relating to characters (vaguely to very vaguely) linked to St Patrick. It is partly to help them to learn a bit about his links with this area, but mainly to bring together children in the two streams of education as part of an anti-sectarian initiative.

It usually happens on or near 17 March, traditionally marked as the Feast of St Patrick. He is patron saint of Ireland, but today we are going to focus on his links (or reputed links) with Dumbarton and Dunbartonshire, and think about this town and area.