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Although St Patrick hasn't been formerly canonised by the Roman Catholic Church – yet – that doesn't stop him being one of the most popular saints in the world today. Neither is St Patrick Irish; his birthplace is generally believed to be somewhere near Glasgow, Scotland. Sometime in the year 405 AD, Patrick was captured by Irish raiders at the tender age of sixteen. According to hagiography, he spent the following six years in captivity, until, inspired by a dream, he escaped. There's obviously a lesson there for all dreamers!
Almost two decades later, Patrick returned to the Emerald Isle, and as we all know, cast out all the snakes in Ireland, and converted the chieftains and their followers to Christianity.
According to legend, St Patrick even met with the two old Fenian warriors, Cailte and Oisin. At this time, the pagan warlords were around 900 years old, with St Patrick a mere 700 years old. Together the three elders embarked on a tour of Ireland. As they pass specific sites, Cailte narrates the myths and legends associated with each place name, and over two hundred anecdotes of the past are shared. This collection of heroic lore has become known in modern Irish as Agallamh na Seanorach. In the words of St Patrick's guardian angels, these memories of ancient Ireland "will delight noblemen of later times who might listen, and should be written on poets' staves, and in learned men's libraries."
St Patrick is neither Irish, nor officially a saint. But as a young man, he followed his dreams, charmed everyone he met, and made a lasting contribution to literature. It's easy to see why he's the patron saint of Ireland!
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