PATRICK: The Saint and The Sorcerer

It was in the strength of God that I went – God who turned the direction of my life to good.

— Saint Patrick.
Given the week that’s in it, we’ll be looking at a character who bridges the gap between history and myth,
In whose name, this comingTuesday, many glasses will be raised and even more shamrocks will be drowned.
We’re talking of course about the Patron Saint of Ireland, the man credited with converting Ireland from native polytheism to Christianity, St. Patrick. Did Patrick really convert Pagan Ireland to Christianity?
Did Patrick do it by using a shamrock?
And what exactly was the story with the snakes?
Written, produced and presented by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Thomas Dineley voiced by Christopher Bowes. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode ) The schools collection can be found at https://www.duchas.ie/en

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