ABOUT SAINT PATRICK
Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians. Saint Patrick described himself as a "most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God."
Many folk ask the question 'Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland ?' The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.
Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland.
It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably
never have been - the island was separated from the rest of
the continent at the end of the Ice Age. As in many old pagan
religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped.
Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting
an end to that pagan practice. While not the first to bring
christianity to Ireland, it is Patrick who is said to have encountered
the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites. The story
holds that he converted the warrior chiefs and princes, baptizing
them and thousands of their subjects in the "Holy Wells" that still bear this name.