St. Patrick was a patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. St. Patrick described himself as a most humble minded man, pouring forth a continuous song of praise of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God. He is also known for driving the snakes from Ireland. It is true, there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been. The island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of the end to pagan practices.