The Story of Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick was not born in Ireland but Great Britain, possibly Wales in the later part of the 4th century. Patrick or Maewyn Succat as he was known back then was not a believer of the Roman Catholic faith despite his father Calpornius being a Deacon.
At 16, he was captured by Irish pirates and sold into Ireland as a slave, where he worked as a Shepard for the next 6 years on Mount Slemish in Co. Antrim.
During this lonesome period on the mountain he turned to prayer and considered his imprisonment into slavery a punishment for his lack of faith.
He escaped back to Britain and his family as a stowaway on a boat, where he had a dream about the Irish people calling him back to Ireland.
He wanted to return to Ireland as a priest, but first he wanted to study and be prepared for life as a missionary. He traveled to a monastery in France where he trained and it wasn't until 12 years later that he returned to Ireland.
Patrick spent the next 20 years travelling the length and breadth of Ireland teaching Christianity to the pagan Irish, establishing monasteries, schools and churches and baptizing the people of Ireland.
It wasn't an easy 20 years as he was captured several times by Druids whom he had upset by his teachings. By the time he died on the 17th of March he left behind an island of Christians and this date has been celebrated as St. Patrick's day ever since.
For a small island we Irish pack a mighty punch. We are celebrated as a nation all over the world, parades in honor of this day take place and major tourist attractions turn green to mark the occasion.
Our ancestors are spread near and far through emigration, we are known for our culture, craic, writers, actors, poets, musicians, artists, sports, food, agriculture, crafts, traditions, and our friendly personalities.
On this day every year we are proud to be Irish and to celebrate all things Irish.
Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit.
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