By Joon Young Lee

Leprechauns were thought to exist only in the imaginations of people, but there was a man who could have been a real-life leprechaun. His name was Maewyn Succat.

Succat was actually born in Banna Venta Berniae, a town in Roman Britain, sometime in the late 300s AD and his name wasn’t even Patrick. Succat, or “Patrick” was captured by the Irish pirates and learned about Irish language and culture during captivity. When his plans of escaping failed, he decided to settle down and preach the word of God to the Irish. 

During this time, Patrick baptized thousands of people (some say 100,000), ordained new priests, guided women to nunhood, converted the sons of kings in the region, and aided in the formation of over 300 churches, so the people of Ireland decided to commemorate the day that Christianity arrived in Ireland and have a big feast. That is the origin of St. Patrick’s Day.