Did you know that Saint Patrick was not Irish. St. Patrick was a native of Roman Britain. At the age of 16 he was captured by Irish raiders and sold into bondage to tend sheep and swine, for a chief named Milchu, who lived on the slopes of Slemish mountain in Antrim. St. Patrick was in bondage for 6 years and during this time his thoughts turned to God and prayer.
St Patrick escaped from his captors and returned to Britain. But, he began to have visions of a man from Ireland holding letters and how he also heard the voices of the Irish imploring him to return. St. Patrick’s mission spanned some thirty years, his mission was deemed successful for he converted the Irish to Christianity without the shedding of martyrs’ blood. The date and place of his death is not certain: tradition has it that he died at Saul, near Downpatrick, Co, Down, on the 17th of March. St. Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity.
Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. “It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been – the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age. As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice.” St. Patrick was not the first to convert the Irish to Christianity, but he is credited for converting thousands. Éirinn go brách,mb