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St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. In about 432, Pope Celestine I consecrated him as a bishop and sent him to Ireland. For nearly 30 years, he preached tirelessly, made countless converts, founded monasteries and established the primatial see at Armagh in modern-day northern Ireland. Stories that Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity and drove snakes from the island are unconfirmed legend. He describes his life and ministry, including his work to convert the Irish people, in his short autobiography and testimony, "Confessions."