History of St Patrick and Green

By Mary Costa on Mar 14, 2012 at 06:32 PM in News You Can Use

The best information I could find on Saint Patrick was found on +

Wikipedia.  Here are a few bits of information.

About Saint Patrick:

Little is known of Patrick's early life, though it is known that he was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father and grandfather were deacons in the Church. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave It is believed he was held somewhere on the west coast of Ireland , possibly Mayo, but the exact location is unknown. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain . Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest.

Irish folklore tells that one of his teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people. After nearly thirty years of evangelism, he died on 17 March 461, and according to tradition, was buried at Downpatrick. Although there were other more successful missions to Ireland from Rome , Patrick endured as the principal champion of Irish Christianity and is held in esteem in the Irish Church.