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    Who is St. Patrick?

    Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, also known as the “Apostle of Ireland”. He is best known for bringing Christianity to Ireland, banning all snakes (evil) from the Island and using a three leafed shamrock to illustrate the Christian teaching of the holy trinity.

    There is no doubt of the existence of Saint Patrick, however his origin and life has been debunked and rewritten many times over with many famous stories of his life being categorised more as a myth or legend rather than fact.

    St. Patrick was from Britain

    One thing we do know about St. Patrick is that he was born and raised in Britain during Roman times to Roman parents. The precise location of his birth ranges from Wales to England to Scotland and even France. Most recent claims have said he was born closer to Scotland in the land of Kilpatrick.

    How did St. Patrick end up in Ireland?

    During a raid on his homeland by the Dál Riata raiders, Patrick was kidnapped and sent to Ireland and sold into slavery where he became a shepherd. This role would further strengthen his relationship with God and introduce him to Irish culture. This would later influence his convert to Christianity.

    Voices and Visions

    While in captivity Patrick heard a voice telling him “Soon you will depart for your home country,” and “Behold, your ship is ready.”.

    This led Patrick to escape from his slave master to a port 200 miles away where he convinced the captain to take him back to Britain.

    After arriving in Britain, Patrick and the other passengers from the ship walked in the wilderness for 28 days and became weak and faint from hunger. Patrick prayed for food and that’s when the group encountered a group of wild wild boars which ended their hunger.

    This event led Patrick to urge his fellow wanderers to put their faith in God. Patrick would later have many more adventures with the group while increasing his prestige in the group thanks to his Christian message and teachings. Patrick eventually found his home and continued to study the Christian religion.

    A number of years later, Patrick had a vision of a man named Victoricus coming from Ireland carrying many letters. Victoricus would give Patrick a letter titled “The Voice of the Irish”. In this letter Patrick would state that he heard the voice of the people of the wood near Focult asking him to come and walk with them.

    This vision is a sign of a messenger coming to Patrick telling him to go to Ireland and walk among it’s people as the “holy servant boy” to presumably teach them his understanding of the Christian faith.

    Patrick Coming Back To Ireland

    Patrick would act on his vision and come to Ireland as a missionary of Christianity, landing his ship in Wicklow, County Wicklow.

    Patrick was initially not welcomed by the locals of Wicklow so he continued to search for more suitable shores where he could rest and share his message of Christianity to the druids and Pagans of Ireland.

    Sainthood and Saint Patrick’s Day

    Patrick has never been formally canonised as a Saint by the Pope. Instead he received his sainthood through the traditional process at the time which involved canonisation at a local level/regional level by the church. That being said this does not take away from the fact that various Christian churches declare that he is a saint in Heaven and he is celebrated widely around the world.

    St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally a feast day to honour Saint Patrick. As time has moved on and more modern forms of celebration and remembrance have been created, we now remember him through celebratory events, parties, parades and even pilgrimages.

    There are also a wide variety of St. Patrick themed gifts like, candles, brooches, pictures, statues, books and many more.

    Saint Patrick’s Resting Place

    It is said, and many people believe, that Saint Patrick has been buried at the Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, Co Down, Northern Ireland. There is also a victors centre dedicated to Saint Patrick in the same town.