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St Patricks Day is on Match 17th It is named after an Irishman by the name of Maewyn He almost didnt get the job of bishop of Ireland because he lacked the required scholarship Until the age of 16 Maewyn considered himself a pagan At that age he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village During his captivity he became closer to God He escaped from slavery after six years and went to Gaul where he studied in the monastery under St Germain bishop of Auxerre for twelve years During his studying he became aware that his calling was to convert the pagans to Christianity Patricks Maewyn wishes were to return to Ireland as bishop and convert the native pagans to Christianity But his superiors instead appointed St Palladius to be the bishop of Ireland Two years later Palladius transferred to Scotland and Patrick having adopted that Christian name earlier was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland Patrick was quite successful at winning converts and this fact upset the Celtic Druids Patrick was arrested several times but escaped each time He traveled throughout Ireland establishing monasteries across the country He also set up schools and churches which would aid him in his conversion of the Irish country to Christianity His mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years After that time Patrick retired to County Down He died on March 17 461 AD That day has been commemorated as St Patricks Day ever since Some of this lore includes the belief that Patrick raised people from the dead He also is said to have given a sermon from a hilltop that drove all the snakes from Ireland Of course no snakes were ever native to Ireland and some people think this is a metaphor for the conversion of the pagans Though originally a Catholic holy day St Patricks Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday One
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