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Video: How the myth that St Patrick banished snakes from Ireland is partly true

The long-running myth that St Patrick banished snakes from Ireland is partly true, historian Pat Liddy tells us.

His real name wasn't Patrick, and he wasn't a canonised saint either, it turns out.

"A lot of people think St Patrick banished snakes from Ireland... well there were never snakes in Ireland but [the myth] is kinda half true. The original word was "serpents". There were serpents in Ireland in the sense that the serpents we're referring to here are the druids and the pagan practices that Patrick banished from the life of Ireland."

"So Patrick banished serpents from Ireland."

Watch our video above to see Pat Liddy dispell, and explain, some of the myths attached to Ireland's most famous saint.

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