Bishop, Apostle and Patron Saint of Ireland.
He was not actually Irish by birth. In fact he was captured by Irish pirates as a lad and sold into slavery. He spent six years as a shepherd before he could escape.
Our Saint was forced to travel two hundred miles before he could find a ship that would take him on board. It contained very unsavory shipmates. Pagan ones.
There was a bit of shipwreck and a lot of starvation before Pat reached England again. Here he seized every opportunity to study by taking Holy Orders. Upon ordination, he felt it was his duty to go back and settle a few scores — by converting those Pagan Irish to Christianity.
Which he did — with great gusto, a long beard and a big crosier which he wasn’t afraid to use like a club. He struck idols, converted, founded monasteries and churches, cast out snakes, popularized the shamrock and became the Great St Paddy known by all.