Who was St. Patrick? ☘️ ☘️☘️

Happy and safe! St. Patrick’s Day from Spellerella’s Haven 👑✨. We thought we would illuminate the story behind St. Patrick and share the facts behind this celebrated saint! 🍻

Behind the myth

The story of St Patrick has captivated the world. As a boy, he was captured from either Wales or Scotland and sent to Slemish Mountain in County Antrim as a slave. He tended sheep on this quiet mountainside before escaping home, where he had a vision telling him to return to Ireland and spread the message of Christianity.

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Saul Church, Downpatrick, County Down

Patrick left his mark on the island of Ireland, from the iconic Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary to the breathtaking peak of County Mayo’s Croagh Patrick, a site of pilgrimage for many. But it’s in the counties of Armagh and Down in Northern Ireland where his legacy is strongest: at tiny Saul Church, built on the site of Patrick’s first church in Ireland, in the city of Armagh where two cathedrals are dedicated to him, and in Down Cathedral, where he was finally laid to rest. 

5 St Patrick facts:

#1. Why March 17? The date marks the saint’s death. Patrick died in 461 in Saul, County Down. He is buried in the grounds of Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, County Down.

#2. When was the first parade? The first St Patrick’s Day parade actually took place in Boston in the United States in 1737. Ireland’s first parade was held in Waterford in 1903.

#3. Was St Patrick Irish? No, he wasn’t born here. St Patrick was thought to have originally come from either Wales or Scotland.

#4 Why do people wear green? Green is a colour now synonymous with St Patrick’s Day and Irish pride but until the 19th century, the colour associated with St Patrick was actually blue!

#5. Why is St Patrick associated with shamrocks?According to legend, St Patrick used the shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he first introduced Christianity to Ireland.

(Story Credit: http://www.ireland.com)