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Who was St Patrick He was the man pictured with the clover but who was he What was his story Why did he go to Ireland and what was the significance of that What did he actually do there Patrick is said to be a type of role model and is a Christian saint but why was he important Patrick was born at Kilpatrick near Dumbarton in Scotland in the year 387 AD He lived there until he was about sixteen and then he was captured by pirates He was captured by Irish marauders and sold into slavery with thousands of people He was bought by a chieftain named Milchu in Dalriada a territory in the current county of Antrim in Ireland At this time Patrick knew of Gods presence but he didnt accept Him in his life to the full extent He believed in God but he wasnt really faithful to Him He turned away from God didnt keep His commandments and did not obey the priests He was a self-described sinner He states that he was unlearned unfaithful and despised by many He had turned away from God and did not keep His commandments Yet even though he was tempted and led morally astray He said in his autobiography that God watched over me before I knew him and before I was able to distinguish between good and evil and guarded me and comforted me as would a father his son He was captured and sold into slavery in Ireland A place to which Patrick would later devote his life to It was a place that he would bring the word of God In Ireland Patrick was humiliated and made to withstand much hardship He was made to tend sheep in the great green pastures It was in these meadows that Patrick came in touch with God While he was there he would pray Gradually a love of God and a respect
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