Patrick is the primary patron saint of, or on, the island of Ireland, along with Saints Brigid and Columba. Patrick is believed to have been brought to Ireland as a captured slave in the early 5th century..
The widely accepted details of Patrick on Ireland state he was captured by pagan raiders from Ireland and forced to labour as a shepherd boy, for six years, on the bleak Slemish mountain in County Antrim, Ulster.
In one of two letters, apparently regarded as being authentic by ‘historians,’ Patrick wrote that during his six years as a captive herdsman his ‘faith’ grew and he prayed daily.
After six years of slavery he heard a voice telling him he would soon go home, then that his ship was ready. Fleeing his master he travelled to a port two hundred miles away where he found a ship that took him on various adventures before returning home to his family, now in his early 20’s.
A few years after returning home Patrick claimed he had a vision of a man carrying letters, one of which contained the heading, ‘voice of the Irish,’ which the man gave to Patrick. Patrick would claim that as he read this letter he heard the voice crying out as one, ‘We appeal to you holy servant boy to come and walk among us.’ And so he returned to spread word of this new religion.
Patrick is believed to have walked around Ulster and the West of Ireland, spreading his faith, creating Christian communities and building the Roman church. Various accounts place him throughout Ireland.
Mythology accredits him with banishing all snakes from Ireland, with him being revered as the first Bishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland within the Roman church ministering and recruiting people into the new universal Roman identity.
Mythology also claims that Patrick, upon returning to Ireland, was using a staff to walk with. Before ministering to the people he supposedly ‘planted’ his staff in the ground, where it miraculously grew into a tree, supposedly.
For all his fame and historical significance in founding the faith of Christianity, bringing the masses into the universal Roman patronage, little is known of his travels and work on the island, though it is written that he also ministered and recruited many in Scotland and the North of England, when he travelled back to Albion. (Great Britain/Britannia)
Some scholars believe many of the traditions attached to Patrick actually concerned a Roman called Palladius.
Roman chronicles cite Palladius as sent by Pope Celestine1. Palladius Roman chronicles state, was sent to Hibernia/Ireland as the first Bishop to Christians, universal Romans, in, supposedly, 431AD.
The Patrick/Palladius overlap has been referred to as the ‘two Patricks’ theory proposed.
Palladius is believed to have ministered primarily in the Southern half of Ireland, in and around County Meath, especially Dunshaughlin, close to the hill of Tara, which is associated with the ancient High Kings of Ireland. There is no evidence for them in Connacht or Ulster.
The St. Patrick’s cross a large red satire on a white background and was generally used as the emblem for Ireland. The St. Patricks cross is included on the British union flag along with Saints Andrew and George to represent the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Wales was never represented on the Union Flag, possibly because Roman perception was that Wales existed as a conquered region of England
Or possibly because the earliest populace in Wales were from the Druid faith and the Druids revered, or worshipped, the dragon.
This pre and post universal Roman Christian identity remains the national symbol on the Welsh flag as the Welsh people resisted being assimilated into England.
The Universal Anglican Church of England was widely rejected in Wales and during the reformation the Methodist church became hugely popular as the universal Romans and the universal Anglicans became marginalised