St. Patrick Didn't Get Rid of Any Snakes, But He Is The Patron Saint of Exterminators

St. Patrick Didn't Get Rid of Any Snakes, But He Is The Patron Saint of Exterminators

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Nearly 1,600 years after Patrick arrived on Ireland (first as a slave, then as a missionary who brought Christianity to the island), he is celebrated as the patron saint of the Emerald Isle and apocryphally believed to have eliminated snakes from the island (which he didn't, but the belief makes sense if you replace snakes with pre-Christian paganistic beliefs).

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