The Legend of Sheila’s Brush

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Saturday, March 16, 2019
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In Newfoundland there is a storm that happens on or after St. Patrick's Day, it is known as Sheila’s Brush.

This storm is typically massive and is the final blast of winter before spring arrives.

The term comes from an Irish legend which says that Sheila was the saint’s wife (or sister or mother) and that the snow is a result of her sweeping away the old season. Another legend is that the saint’s wife (or sister or mother) comes after St. Patrick's Day to punish Newfoundlanders for partying on March 17th.

To this day, there are Newfoundlanders who firmly believe in this and history almost always shows a large storm occurring on or after St. Patrick's Day.



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