Come the 17th of March, Ireland and the many parts of the world with a strong Irish connection (New York and Chicago being two examples) go crazy in their celebration of the Patron Saint. There are parades and displays of everything Irish (or at least an approximation) and everyone can trace some ancestor back to the Emerald island done some family line, which, given the extent of the Irish Diaspora is not that far fetched. This means that anyone can see about giving some ST Patricks Day Gifts. For a range of unique ST Patricks day gifts click here.

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Patrick certainly led a busy life and was very deserving of his Sainthood. He came to Ireland at the command of the Pope but he had been there before the call was made. Patrick was originally a British Fisherman who was captured by Irish pirates in the Irish Sea. He was taken to Ireland as a slave but he soon began to rise up in the household he was kept in becoming trusted. He learnt the language quickly and also took note of the customs the people observed. In his head he compiled a dossier of information that was to serve him well on his second return.

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He escaped from Ireland to take up the religious life in Britain. Once back he rose through the ranks proving himself very capable. The Pope decided that it was time to take the word of God to the Irish and he had the perfect vessel to do it in the shape of the great Patrick.