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St. Patrick: Not So Irish?

 

Last updated 3/11/2021 at 8:36pm

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Though St. Patrick's Day honors the life of the patron saint of Ireland and has become a way for people from all backgrounds to celebrate Irish culture, celebrants may be surprised to learn that St. Patrick was not really named "Patrick" and he also was not Irish.

St. Patrick's Day, which is often referred to as "Patty's Day" or "Paddy's Day," is a popular holiday.

Though the holiday honors the life of the patron saint of Ireland and has become a way for people from all backgrounds to celebrate Irish culture, celebrants may be surprised to learn that St. Patrick was not really named "Patrick" and he also was not Irish.

Historians are uncertain about the actual date of St. Patrick's birth, but many believe he was born in Roman Britain in the 5th Century. Other accounts trace St. Patrick's birth to present-day Scotland or Wales. But no account suggest...



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