Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Come for Green Gloves, Stay for the History Lesson
One of the most fascinating things I’ve learned about Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, is that he wasn’t Irish.
Of course, the history of Saint Patrick is well removed from present-day ideas of what St. Patrick’s Day is and why we celebrate. Ask anyone and you’re sure to get a similar answer: St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of drinking.
Shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, green beer – these are all telltale signs that St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are underway. Oddly enough, the only one of those that can claim even the slightest association with the real Saint Patrick is the shamrock (though in the three – not four – leafed variety).
A Brief History of the Life and Times of Saint Patrick
Although born the son of a deacon, Saint Patrick considered himself a pagan until his late teens when he discovered Christianity as a slave (more on that next).
Born Maewyn Succat in Roman Britain, he arrived for the first time in Ireland at 16, after he had been captured and sold into slavery. Contrary to what you might think, it was his time in slavery that solidified his belief in Christianity and started him on the path that would define his destiny.
Saint Patrick not only credits his faith with helping him to survive the six years he spent in slavery, but also with delivering his escape. In his writings, Saint Patrick reveals that he escaped slavery through the help of a dream. One night, as he was dreaming, a voice spoke to him and told him that there was a ship waiting to take him home and he must leave immediately. Legend has it, he walked over 200 miles before discovering a ship and convinced the captain to let him aboard. True to his vision, he arrived on the shores of Britain not too long after.
Upon his return to Britain, he further immersed himself in his Christian faith and became a cleric. At some point he returned to Ireland (yes, the same place he had been taken as a slave and escaped from, he voluntarily returned to) and made it his mission to spread Christianity across Ireland (at this point in time, the country was considered pagan).
Never before did they know of God except to serve idols and unclean things. But now, they have become the people of the Lord, and are called children of God. The sons and daughters of the leaders of the Irish are seen to be monks and virgins of Christ. – Saint Patrick
While in Ireland, he not only successfully brought Christianity to the masses but also was responsible for establishing many institutions including churches and schools.
Remember all the cultural associations listed earlier? The shamrock, the leprechauns, the green beer? As it turns out, shamrocks are the only item that are in some way tied to the work of Saint Patrick. Legend has it that he used a three-leafed shamrock (not the four-leafed kind famously known for giving good luck) to illustrate the holy trinity and how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are one entity. So far, no historical documents have indicated any presence of leprechauns or green beer throughout Saint Patrick’s life.
It is believed that Saint Patrick died on March 17, although the actual year is debated (Wikipedia lists his death as March 17, 461 AD). Ironically, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day was a dry event, with drinking during the holiday banned in Ireland until the 1970s.
Today, of course, drinking is thought of by many as the reason for the season, and Saint Patrick himself is far from the center of the festivities (some may even believe he was a leprechaun). But now that you know the truth, perhaps you can take a moment this St. Patrick’s Day to remember the man before he was a Saint and his contributions to his faith – you know, between sips of green beer.
Our Top St. Patrick’s Day Approved Gloves
Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that green was not the original color of St. Patrick’s Day? The original color of the holiday was actually blue!
Regardless, you can’t think of St. Patrick’s Day without thinking about green, so we’ve put together our top five green gloves that we believe Saint Patrick himself would be proud of!
STACXPNVB | TenActiv Cut-Resistant Anti-Impact made with Micropore Nitrile Grip
If you’re looking for an impact glove that can do it all, this is the glove for you. In addition to the hi-viz green back-of-hand protection, this glove also offers ridiculous cut protection, rated ANSI A7. It will also protect you from abrasion (ANSI 4) and punctures (ANSI 3), and maintains its excellent grip even in oily conditions. A must-have for the oil and gas industry, this mighty impact glove can also be an asset in metal fabrication and stamping, industrial pipe fitting, and construction. For all the latest on the new impact standard, check out our comprehensive blog on all things ANSI/ISEA 138.
NIF3018SS | Chemstop Nitrile Chemical-Resistant Electrostatic Spray Painting Gloves
One of our most innovative gloves (and coming from a company known for its innovation, that says a lot!), this ingenious chemical-resistant glove is a must-have on paint lines. Using a proprietary grounding strip, the glove grounds workers to the spray gun eliminating spray back or the need for workers to remove gloves. It offers good grip and resistance to abrasion, punctures, and snags.
S18TAGGFN | 18-Gauge Composite Filament Fiber Cut-Resistant Green Hi-Viz Glove with Foam Nitrile Palms
This incredible all-round glove is one of our best-selling hi-viz gloves for a reason – it performs. Providing great protection against abrasion, cuts, and punctures this glove also maintains its grip in wet and oily conditions. If contaminants are a concern, this glove is entirely silicone and lint free. Added bonus – they’re touchscreen compatible so you can use your tablet or phone without removing your gloves.
NT230VSB | Chemstop Nitrile Anti-Impact Gloves with Crushed Ceramic-Powder Grip
Nicknamed ‘the Hulk’ this glove packs a powerful punch, or rather, protects against one. Built with chloroprene back-of-hand protection, this chemical-resistant glove also resists oil, greases, and organic solvents. The soft, interior jersey liner wicks sweat and keeps your hands cool and comfortable. Good grip is maintained even in oily or wet conditions thanks to the crushed ceramic-powder grip finish.
S18TAFGNT | TenActiv 18-Gauge Composite Filament Fiber Cut-Resistant Knit with ZedCoat Palms
We couldn’t do a list of our top green gloves without including at least one ZedCoat glove! If you’ve never heard of it (where have you been?), ZedCoat is Superior Glove’s proprietary palm coating that provides the ultimate protection against abrasion while still withstanding oils, solvents, and water. These gloves are so comfortable and dexterous it will feel like you’re working in your bare hands.
From all of us at Superior Glove, we wish you a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And remember – when it comes to the safety of your hands, rely on a Superior glove and not the luck of the Irish.