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St. Patty wasn’t always a saint

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St. Patrick’s Day has its own…reputation.

Green beer, mischievous leprechauns and T-shirts that say “Kiss me, I’m Irish.”


But what is the real point of the popular March 17 holiday?

The history

According to historians, March 17 marks the day that the actual Saint Patrick died — it was the year 461AD.

Ironically, Saint Patrick (who before his sainthood went by the less-than-catchy name of Maewyn Succat) was not even Irish.

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