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What was St Patrick famous for?
« on: 17 March, 2009, 09:10:42 AM »
St George has a groovy legend about fighting a dragon, and yet we English rarely celebrate St George's Day.

What did St Patrick do to warrant such international festivities?  Is he the mysterious inventor of Guinness?

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Re: What was St Patrick famous for?
« Reply #1 on: 17 March, 2009, 09:28:24 AM »
He was Welsh, for a start.

He was a slave in Ireland for a while, before he escaped and went back to Wales - then he returned and was a missionary in Ireland. Must've got "frequent traveler" miles on the ferry, or summat.

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Re: What was St Patrick famous for?
« Reply #2 on: 17 March, 2009, 09:36:49 AM »
The facts about St Paddy are so few and far between anybody can (and does) make up whatever CV they like for St Patrick.

As this site says...


St Patrick was the man who..."didn't rid the land of snakes, didn't compare the Trinity to the shamrock, and wasn't even Irish.

St. Patrick, who died 1,507, 1,539, or 1,540 years ago today—depending on which unreliable source you want to believe—has been adorned with centuries of Irish blarney. Innumerable folk tales recount how he faced down kings, negotiated with God, tricked and slaughtered Ireland's reptiles.


the Irish people begged him to return and minister to them: "We ask thee, boy, come and walk among us once more," he recalls in the Confession. He studied for the priesthood in France, then made his way back to Ireland."

He is thought to have spent 30 years in Ireland, mostly baptizing pagans, ordaining priests, and founding churches and monasteries.

And his persuasive powers must have been astounding: Ireland fully converted to Christianity within 200 years and was the only country in Europe to Christianize peacefully.

Patrick's Christian conversion ended slavery, human sacrifice, and most intertribal warfare in Ireland. (

He did not banish the snakes: Ireland never had any. Scholars now consider snakes a metaphor for the serpent of paganism. Nor did he invent the Shamrock Trinity. That was an 18th-century fabrication.)

According to Thomas Cahill, author of How the Irish Saved Civilization, Paddy's influence extended far beyond his adopted land. Cahill's book, which could just as well be titled How St. Patrick Saved Civilization, contends that Patrick's conversion of Ireland allowed Western learning to survive the Dark Ages.

Ireland pacified and churchified as the rest of Europe crumbled. Patrick's monasteries copied and preserved classical texts. Later, Irish monks returned this knowledge to Europe by establishing monasteries in England, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Italy.|"

Thjat is still quiite a CV. There is more on the site link.
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