Although Patrick wasn’t Irish, after being captured by Irish pagans in his early teens and taken to Ireland, where he was enslaved for six years, he grew to like the spirit of the Irish. When he escaped and returned to his family, he vowed to one-day return to Ireland. When he returned as a missionary, he “drove the snakes out of Ireland” (snakes were a popular symbol among the Irish pagans) by converting them to Christianity. He used the three-leaf clover to help explain the Trinity to the pagans, which is why it is such a common St. Patrick’s Day symbol.
Let’s get drunk and act like pagans as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!