The man who was to become St Patrick was actually born in Wales, around AD 385. He was originally a Pagan sold into slavery but managed to escape six years later and travelled to Gaul (now commonly known as France). Whilst there, he studied in a monastery under St Germain (Bishop of Auxerre) for twelve years.
Patrick was later appointed second bishop to Ireland and was successful in converting pagans to Christianity. He travelled around Ireland setting up monasteries, schools and churches - his mission lasted 30 years. He died in County Down, Ireland, on the 17th March AD 461, which has been commemorated as St Patrick's Day ever since. The day is celebrated by the Irish all over the world with parades, festive dinners and dances.