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Focus on Facts: 3/15/2019

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A Bit of Craic and a Few Facts About the Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day by Dr. Mark Salling


Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17th) celebrates the traditional date of the death of Saint Patrick. Although it is impossible to verify many facts about his life, tradition states that Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain sometime in the fourth or fifth century. After reputedly being captured by Irish pirates at the age of sixteen and forced to work as a slave Patrick escaped back to Britain and became a Catholic priest. He later returned to Ireland and devoted his life to converting the Irish from ancient Celtic religious beliefs to Christianity. The actual date of his death was sometime between 460 and 493. Read this Focus on Facts for more interesting facts about Saint Patrick’s Day.

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Focus on Facts provides brief, thought-provoking information about urban policy issues based on research conducted at the Levin College. Our purpose is to stimulate additional discussion and debate. The series includes a “Map of the Month” as well as other formats. Questions or comments about specific topics can be addressed via email to the author(s). Questions or comments about the series of publications can be addressed to the Focus on Facts editor, Associate Dean Bob Gleeson at

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