Saint Patrick’s Day

Well, St Patrick’s day is upon us and pretty much everyone becomes Irish for the day. But . . .  did you know that Saint Patrick was NOT Irish? Supposedly he was captured by Irish pirates when he was around 16 and taken from his British home to become a slave in Ireland. According to the Confessio of Patrick (http://www.confessio.ie/#), he escaped six years later and made it back home.  He returned to Ireland after becoming a cleric.  Wonder whatever possessed him to do that? March 17th is said to be the date of his death. They say he is buried in Downpatrick, N. Ireland. I’ve been there (many many moons ago), didn’t look for the grave though. Don’t think I knew about it at the time.

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Burial marker in Downpartrick.

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Happy St Patrick’s Day

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