False fact: St. Patrick was Irish
The patron saint of Ireland was actually born in Scotland in the late 4th century. When he was a teenager, Palladius (his real name) was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland. Six years later, he escaped and went back to Scotland, where he joined a monastery. As an adult, Palladius returned to Ireland as a missionary, where he lived for 40 years, dying in A.D. 461.
False fact: March 17th was St. Patrick’s birthday
A saint’s feast day marks the day that they died… not the day that they were born. St. Patrick’s Day 2018 marks the 1,557th anniversary of St. Patrick’s death. We bet you didn’t know these surprising facts about the month of March.