The patron Saint of Ireland is Saint Patrick. He was born in Great Britain on 385. When he was 16 he was captured by pirates and taken to Ireland where he was put to work as a shepherd. During this time he was lonely and afraid but he learned to rely on God. He grew closer to God and his Faith strengthened.
After 6 years he escaped to France. He decided to train to become a Priest. It was not long before he was made a Bishop. He was sent to Ireland. Which at the time was known as a Pagan country. Patrick set about preaching and teaching the people about Jesus Christ.
He walked around the whole country and thousands of people became Christians as the result of his work. There are many famous legends about Patrick’s Life. He is believed to have rid Ireland of Snakes!! He used a Shamrock to teach people about the Trinity.
Today we celebrate St Patrick’s on March the 17th. Irish Christians have travelled all over the world to spread the Gospel of Jesus that Patrick brought to Ireland. On St Patrick’s day we wear Green to remember the green countryside of Ireland and the man who brought Christianity to its shores many years ago. St Patrick was very brave and we can always ask him to help us in time of trouble.