Saint Patrick, was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century. As a teenage boy he was captured by a raiding party and taken to Ireland to be a slave to herd and tend sheep.
Ireland at this time was a land of druids and pagans. It is believed that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God”.
Tradition says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him back to the land of his birth.
After making his way back to Britain, Patrick went on to become a priest. According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. It is believed that he spent many years evangelising throughout Ireland and converted “thousands”.
Tradition says that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland.