The Patron Saint of Ireland – Saint Patrick was born in the late 4th century in Roman Britain. When he was 16 he was captured by the barbarians of Ireland off the coast of Wales. Patrick was sold into slave labour as a shepherd in the hills of Ireland. Living with the Celtic people proved to be very different to Roman Britain, they were Pagans unlike the Romans who were Christians. Patrick began to look to Christianity.
St Patrick escaped Ireland and sailed back to Britain, only to find it nothing like it was when he was captured. He decided to leave. He set sail for nowhere other than Ireland, the island that he had been enslaved on for 6 years. While in Ireland Saint Patrick spread the word of Christianity, and managed over time to convert the pagan Celts into Christians. Eventually Christianity spread over to Scotland through the work of Columba and finally all over the British Isles .