The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #6191   Message #35914
Posted By: alison
25-Aug-98 - 07:12 AM
Thread Name: Half way to St. Patrick's Day party
Subject: RE: Half way to St. Patrick's Day party

St Pat, was supposed to be the son of a minor Roman official, born in Western Britain at the turn of the 5th Century. He was captured by Irish raiders (aged 16) and forced into slavery, working as a shepherd on Slemish mountain, Co Antrim. He escaped to France, trained as a cleric, where he decided to go back and convert the Irish to Christianity He returned in AD432 and preached and set up churches for 30 years.

That's what my book says anyway. I always remembered him being from somewhere in Europe. If the Irish had made me look after sheep on Slemish mountain I wouldn't have been too fussed either.....