St. Patrick was a fifth-century Romano-British missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland”, he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, the other patron saints being Brigid of Kildare and Columba. He is venerated as a Saint in the Catholic Church and in the Eastern Orthodox Church, where he is regarded as equal-to-the-apostles and Enlightener of Ireland. According to tradition dating back to the early Middle Ages, Patrick served as the first bishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland, and credits him with bringing Christianity to Ireland, converting a pagan society. His feast day is observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation; it is also a celebration of Ireland itself.
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