Myth & Legend
According to legend, Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary and bishop. It is believed his real name was Maewyn Succat and he was said to have lived around 400AD. He grew up in Roman Britannia which was an area in Great Britain that was governed by the the Roman Empire. At the age of 16 Maewyn was captured by raiders and kept as a slave in Mount Slemish in Ireland for six years. One day he heard a voice telling him he was soon going to go home and that a ship was ready for him. So Patrick escaped, fled 200 miles to a port and persuaded a ship’s captain to allow him on board. It is believed that he met up with his parents in Wales before travelling to France where he became a priest and later a bishop. He returned to Ireland years later converting the pagans to Christianity in the northern half of the country. He would use shamrocks (a sprig of clover) to explain the Holy Trinity to those he preached to, resulting in the widespread presence of the plants on St Patrick’s Day.