St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in many areas of Tasmania due to so many past and present immigrants from Ireland including many of my ancestors at the time of the potato famine in Ireland.
is known of Patrick's early life, though it is known that he
was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy
Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a
priest in the Christian church. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped
by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. It is
believed he was held somewhere on the west coast of Ireland,
possibly Mayo, but the exact location is unknown. According to his
Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the
coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon
returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied
to become a priest.
According to legend, Saint Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans.
432, he again said that he was called back to Ireland, though as a
bishop, to Christianize the Irish from their native polytheism. Irish
folklore tells that one of his teaching methods included using the
shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish
people. After nearly thirty years of evangelism,
he died on 17 March 461, and according to tradition, was buried at
Downpatrick. Although there were other more successful missions to
Ireland from Rome, Patrick endured as the principal champion of Irish
Christianity and is held in esteem in the Irish church.
Just a little something I made that happens to be of Irish Origin.