A popular folk tale says that Saint Patrick chased all snakes from Ireland, but there is no historical basis for this story… Another folk tale, that Saint Patrick used shamrocks to teach about the holy Trinity, is also generally agreed to be a myth… In Gaelic the saint’s name is Padraig… In his Confessio, Patrick says he was born in a village called Bannavem Taberniae. That village no longer exists (if it ever did) and its location is unknown. Based on other comments made by Saint Patrick in the Confessio, Bannavem Taberniae is widely guessed to have been located somewhere on the western shore of Great Britain.
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