Fr Grace’s pamphlet is welcome. It is a step towards getting rid of so much nonsense that has surrounded Saint Patrick in recent times. He chips away at the accretions that have accumulated around the authentic image of Saint Patrick.
It is nearly forty years since I purchased a plaque of the saint and I still have on my shelf. It is entitled ” Padraig ” (The Gaelic name for Patrick). It depicts a youthful Patrick in traditional shepherd’s outfit, staff in hand, guarding the flock. Physically well developed, mentally alert, he peers into the dark night that surrounds him on Slemis Mountain in Co Antrim.