On Friday 15th March 2019, our traditional “red” uniform became the less traditional “green” as we all celebrated St Patrick’s Day.
Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland”, he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, the other patron saints being Brigit of Kildare and Columba.
Patrick’s real name was Maewyn Succat. His father, Calpornius, was a Roman-British army officer and a deacon. Despite this family involvement in the church, the young Patrick was not a believer. His life was ordinary, and completely unexceptional, until the age of 16. But dramatic events then occurred which set the history of St Patrick, and the history of Ireland, on a new course.