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3 Little Known St. Patrick’s Day Facts

Here are 3 little known facts about St. Patrick’s Day for you to impress your friends with today… 🙂

 

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1. What was St. Patrick’s real name?

Maewyn Succat.

When he became a priest, he changed his name to Patricius, from the Latin term meaning “father figure.”

2. Why is St. Patrick’s Day celebrated on March 17th? 

St. Patrick died on March 17, 461 AD. 

3. If he wasn’t born in Ireland, how did he end up there?

He was taken there by maurauders who raided his family’s estate in Wales and held him captive as a slave in Ireland for six years. He made it back home, became a priest and returned to Ireland.

 

Source: ChicagoNow.com

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