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St Patrick

QUIZ: How much do you know about the man behind the holiday?

Test your knowledge of our patron saint.

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE both at home and abroad are putting on their green clothing to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Our patron saint was said to have driven the snakes out of Ireland and to have played a big role in bringing Christianity to the nation.

But how much do you know about the man himself?

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated all across the world, but which other country has named St Patrick as its patron saint?
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What originally took St Patrick to Ireland?
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Missionary work
He had family here

A want to travel
St Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn Succat. Then why do we call him Patrick?
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People couldn’t pronounce Maewyn
It was his childhood nickname

He took on a new name in Ireland
He changed his name when he became a priest
Where did the first St Patrick’s Day parade take place?
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St Patrick's Day is all about green, but what colour was originally associated with the saint?
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We celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March, but has St Patrick been formally canonised by the Catholic Church?
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There are nineteen bells at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. How much does the heaviest one weigh?
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1,000 kg
3,000 kg

5,000 kg
7,000 kg
Why is St Patrick's Day celebrated on 17 March?
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It's thought to be the day he died
It's believed to be the day he first came to Ireland

It's thought to be the day he established his first church
A date was chosen at random
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It's said that he spent 40 days praying and fasting at the top of it
It's thought that he died here

He established a church there
He is said to have often preached there
According to legend, Jesus showed St Patrick a cave on Lough Derg in Co Donegal that is an entrance to Purgatory. It's now a popular pilgrimage; what one meal do pilgrims have on this retreat?
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Tea/coffee (no milk), dry wheaten bread or toast and oatcakes
You don't get to eat

Water and bread (no butter)
Water and bread (butter allowed)
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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You're a pilgrim to Lough Derg
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See you on Croagh Patrick
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You're one of the snakes he drove out
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