A Brief History of St. Patrick's Day
The Man Himself
While images of St. Patrick usually depict him driving the snakes out of Ireland, the Emerald Isle's patron saint is more well-known as the man who converted it to Christianity in the 5th century. Born in Britain, St. Patrick was first brought to Ireland by kidnappers who sold him into slavery. After escaping and returning home, he later went back to Ireland to preach and build churches. St. Patrick's Day, March 17, marks the anniversary of his death.