Saint Patrick was born as Maewyn, in AD 385, in Wales. He was sold into slavery at 16. He converted to Christianity, took up the name Patrick, and escaped from slavery in his early 20's. He joined a monastery in Gaul and found his calling converting pagans (Druids) to christianity. For thirty years, he set up schools and churches in Ireland, converting the Celts into Christians wherever he went. He died on March 17th AD 461.
Here's wishing a blessing to everyone, direct from the mouth of St. Patrick himself:
A blessing on the people --
Men, youths, and women;
A blessing on the land
That yields them fruit.
A blessing on every treasure
That shall be produced on their plains,
Without any one being in want of help,
God's blessing be on everyone.
A blessing on their peaks,
On their bare flagstones,
A blessing on their glens,
A blessing on their ridges.
Like the sand of the sea under ships,
Be the number in their hearths;
On slopes, on plains,
On mountains, on hills, a blessing.
Little Greenie - song: Jean Genie, artist: David Bowie, album: Aladdin Sane