The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick (ca 389-461 A.D.) was not Irish. His real name is believed to be Maewyn Succat, and he was born either in Scotland, near the town of Dumbarton, or in Roman Britain. At age 16 he was captured by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. After his escape six years later, he went to France and became a priest, taking the name Patricius. Eventually he became a bishop. When he was about 60 years old, he returned to Ireland to spread Christianity. He died March 17, 461 A.D.

St. Patrick's Day

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Day of St. Patrick is
Ireland's salute held on
March seventeen,
Honoring one who, with
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Made Christianity
Easily seen.