St. Patrick and the Druids
A few facts about St. Patrick
He was born Roman-British, not Irish
Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders as a teenager and enslaved for several years
Patrick most likely was forced to be a shepherd in the West of Ireland
He escaped and returned to Britain.
Later, he studies with the Catholic Church, most likely in France.
He has a calling to return to Ireland and convert the native Irish to Christianity.
Patrick did not drive out snakes. He drove out the native Druids.
Snakes are a druidic symbol.
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