St. Patrick

Happy (belated) St. Patrick’s Day! That St. Patrick, a fifth-century British missionary to the Irish, ever used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity, or that he drove the snakes out of Ireland, are myths… but fun myths. He was by no means the only early medieval missionary to Ireland; the fact that he is considered the most important one and Ireland’s patron probably has to do with the later importance of his monastic foundation at Armagh.