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St. Patrick's Day facts: Who was St. Patrick? Was he even Irish? (Irish history)

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Intro: Who was St. Patrick of Ireland? And was St. Patrick Irish? These are some of the questions that make up some of the most commonly asked St. Patty's Day trivia questions. The answers to these questions about the patron saint of Ireland may surprise you. Read on if you'd like to know the history of St. Patrick and his role in Irish history.

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Who was St. Patrick Anyway?

It turns out that the marauding and good spirited fun that we associate with St. Patrick's Day parties may have had a good basis in Irish history and the history of St. Patrick -- at least indirectly.

People associate St. Patrick with bringing Christianity to Ireland, although not much is know about him. For example, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17th, because people believe that he died on that day.

What facts about St. Patrick that people do know come from a couple of sources. The first is Epistola and the second is Confessio.

Was St. Patrick Irish? Where Was he Born?

It would probably surprise most people to learn that St. Patrick was actually born in Britain. He became acquainted with the Island for which he is now the patron saint, because he was captured and sent into slavery for six years.

Eventually, he escaped his captivity and made his way back home to Britain and to religious life. He is credited with driving the snakes out of Ireland. Watch the video at the top of the screen to learn why this really can't be so.

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