Saint Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland and Why We Celebrate


The man who would later be known as Saint Patrick, was captured as boy of about 16, in Wales or Scotland, then sold as a slave and sent to work as a Shepherd in Slemish Mountain, in county Antrim Ireland. After about 10 years of imprisonment he escaped and traveled home, but before escaping, God had given him a vision. In his vision, God told Patrick to go back to Ireland to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the pagans. He spent 20 years preaching, teaching, creating churches and monasteries.

Perhaps the legend of ridding Ireland of snakes is a metaphor for the replacement of paganism with the religion of Christianity, wouldn't you think? Removing the serpentine lies and revealing to the people the salvation of the Son of God.


  1. March 17 was the date of his death around 461
  2. The first St. Patrick's Day parade actually took place in the United States in Boston in 1737. Ireland's first parade took place in Waterford in 1903
  3. St Patrick was not Irish. He was born in Wales or Scotland
  4. Even though people wear green as a symbol of St Patrick's Day, the original color associated with it until the 1900s was actually blue
  5. The Shamrock is a metaphor, used by St. Patrick, as a symbol for the Holy Trinity

Let's follow St. Patrick's footsteps across Ireland

Saul Church

"This site is known as the Cradle of Christianity in Ireland.

"Tradition holds that St Patrick and his companions landed at the mouth of the Slaney River, a few miles from here, in 432AD."

Hill of Tara

"The Hill of Tara has been important since the late Stone Age, when a passage tomb was built there. However, the site became truly significant in the Iron Age (600 BC to 400 AD) and into the Early Christian Period when it rose to supreme prominence – as the seat of the high kings of Ireland."

St Patrick travelled to this region to preach the gospel during his mission, thus helping to convert the Kings of Ireland to Christianity.

Downpatrick Head in Ballycastle in Co. Mayo

DownPatrick Head is a headland between Ballycastle village and the archaeological site of Ceide Fields. It commands breathtaking views on the Atlantic, the Staggs of Broadhaven to the west and high stunning cliffs to the east. Here Saint Patrick founded a church whose ruins can be seen today. There are also a statue of Saint Patrick erected in the early 1980's, which replaced a previous one erected in 1912 and a small stone building, used as a lookout post during the Second World War with its stone aerial markers: EIRE 64.

The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Franz · 10 days ago
    Gotta love Patrick, a true man of God, who's fiery devotion overcame so much!
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    Donna Ayers-Vorbach · 10 days ago
    Indeed!!! Remembering ST. PATRICK, A HOLY MAN of GOD in our TIMES demands the removal of snakes in our own lives!
    • This commment is unpublished.
      Franz · 10 days ago
      The mastery of the serpent energy is required. The devil would rather we play around with it.
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