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Old 27 December 2005, 16:38   #1
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Question on St Patrick - help from the Irish please

I'm helping a friends younger brother with his school christmas quiz, and we're stuck, and no amount of googling seems to help us!

The question is:

Where in Ireland do 100,000 people gather each year on the last sunday in July? Pilgrims go to a spot where according to legend St Patrick banished all the reptiles from Ireland with his bell.

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mount croach?

http://www.sacredsites.com/europe/ir...mt_croach.html
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Pilgrimage to St Patrick

Native term is Croagh Patrick. Near Westport in Co Mayo on the west coast overlooking Clew Bay.

Most of the people walk up the shingle path bare footed!!!

Fantastic views from top!!!!!!!!

See http://www.croagh-patrick.com/

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Wonder if any of the irish people on here know where their saint was from???
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Wonder if any of the irish people on here know where their saint was from???
My extensive googling has already revealed the answer for me - I say it doesn't matter, fact and fiction combine to produce legend, I'd leave it there!
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My extensive googling has already revealed the answer for me - I say it doesn't matter, fact and fiction combine to produce legend, I'd leave it there!

THE answer??? There isn't really one as nobody seems to know!!!

Banwen near Neath is often said to be his home but many other places also lay claim.

Even St George's birthplace is a matter of debate - looks like he was born in the Middle East or Rome but again nobody is sure.

Why leave it there??? I find such history fascinating - even though I HATED it in school with a passion!!!
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Origin of St Patrick

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Of course every Irish person knows he came from wales. We kidnapped him,let him go afer a few years, he went home took one look at Wales and came back to ireland.

Reminds me of the irish family who were holed up in Hollyhead waiting for the ferry. they went into the local tourist office and enquired about nice places to visit. After a few unsucessful suggestions the tourism offical suggested they might consider taking a ferry trip to Ireland on the grounds that it was beautiful.
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