By Paul F. State
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He returned to Ireland a bishop in the year dated traditionally as 432, and he began his mission, preaching wherever he traveled, bestowing gifts on kings, debating with the pagan priests, and baptizing thousands. It is likely Patrick proselytized in northeastern Ireland because most of the churches that later identified him as their personal founder are located here. Armagh later claimed pride of place as the center of Patrick’s missionary activities, and the clergy here zealously promoted his cult, which spread widely.
However, there were no snakes in postglacial Ireland—unless “snakes” refers to the serpent symbol of the druids. The serpent as the symbol of Satan adopted by Christians, which derives from the Garden of Eden account in the Old Testament, may have served as a metaphor for the conversion of the Irish. Similarly, no firm evidence exists that he taught the doctrine of the Trinity by using a shamrock, a three-leafed clover, to explain the existence of three divine persons in one God. However, these and other popular myths that resound down the centuries point to the profound impact made by St.
Donn Cuailgne wins, though mortally wounded. He wanders around Ireland creating place-names before returning to Cooley to die of exhaustion. Later tales tell of Medb’s return to Ulster, the death of Cúchulainn, who is betrayed by a war goddess whose amorous advances he has rejected, and the ultimate triumph of Medb. small level area enclosed by a circular earthen bank and ditch. The “fairy forts” of Irish folklore, the raths, were typically scattered single-family units with room for houses—usually wooden-framed and frequently circular—and for storage spaces and a pen for animals.
A Brief History of Ireland by Paul F. State