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When is St Patrick’s Day?

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St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day observes the death of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland

Patrick, later known as St Patrick was born in Britain in the fourth century to wealthy parents. He was abducted by Irish marauders and taken to work in Ireland as a slave.

For six years he lived in captivity, working as a shepherd and during this time he became a devout Christian. He escaped his imprisonment and was ordained as a priest after which he dedicated his life to spreading the word of Christianity.

Since around the ninth century, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St Patrick.

St Patrick’s day this year is 17 March 2021.

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