In March, more than at any other time of year, Ireland basks in the spotlight. St. Patrick’s Day is time to keep a green shirt handy, dust off the green food coloring for festive treats, and maybe learn a thing or two about the Church’s history in the largely Catholic country. Here are a few things you might like to know as you celebrate Ireland’s time in the limelight.
1. The first missionaries arrived in 1840
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was only 10 years old when the first missionaries arrived in what is now Northern Ireland. However, it was another 10 years (in 1850) before missionaries arrived in Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. Ireland’s first branch was established in Dublin in 1850 by missionary John Sunderland.