The shortest parade in the world used to be in Dripsey, County Cork, from one pub to another. Patrick was thought to have originally come from either Wales or Scotland, where he was abducted at the age of 16 and brought to Northern Ireland as a slave.Sadly, the parade is no more but you can still celebrate in the town with the annual Dripsey Vintage Tractor and Car Run. Once here, he was sent to Slemish Mountain in County Antrim to herd sheep.
He often used shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity and entire kingdoms were eventually converted to Christianity after hearing Patrick's message.
Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years.
At the time, Ireland was a land of Druids and pagans but Patrick turned to God and wrote his memoir, The Confession.
In The Confession, he wrote: "The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same.
He is buried in the grounds of Down Cathedral in Downpatrick and a memorial stone, made from local Mourne Mountain granite, marks his grave. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal. Patrick’s Day parade was not held in Ireland at all, but in Boston in the United States in 1737.