I thought St Paddy was Welsh. Anyway just got back from London and Paddy Day Parade, what has Hari Krishna got to do with Paddy? Couldn't get near the bar, fancy having only one bar for a Paddy Celebration. Hope the new Irish Guard's mascot behaved himself
One of the great con tricks of all time of course. An Englishman (Roman actually) selling an Irishman something he did not need in the first place!
No one else had noticed there were no snakes (well the long slithery ones anyway) in Ireland before then. A few words of mumbo-jumbo followed by a promise that the believers would never see a snake in "Hibernia" must have got him many a free meal and a bed for the night.
To Patrick and the Romans in general it was Hibernia - the smaller island off the coast of Brittanica. They made a few exploratory visits, declared it much too wet and cold (they were also somewhat impolite about the natives), and ignored it ever after. The name "Ireland" and the adulation of Patrick as a Roman Catholic saint came very very much later. Brilliant marketing however - probably the only Patron Saint known universally throughout the world!
Patrick's first sojourn was involuntary - he went as a hostage and a slave to herd sheep on a mountainside. However the damp Antrim weather must have softened his brain. He escaped to return to comparative civilisation in the larger isle. But amazingly volunteered to go back again.
And Northumberland is also a cold and rainy place for much of the time!!
It is probable that Patrick's father was a senior Civil Servant in a Roman settlement in the Haltwhistle (Northumberland ) area.
And the Roman community at Ravenglass (or at least one of the women there) may have hosted Patrick's father for a time.