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ST PATRICK’S CONFESSIO HYPERTEXT STACK
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Idea for an article to the Features Editor: 'St Patrick: the real man uncovered'

 

Summary: Popular myth has portrayed Saint (St) Patrick as a snake slayer (banisher) from the island of Ireland, a communicator of Christianity, and a man who is symbolic of the Shamrock, or the four-leaved clove. But who was St Patrick really? Just in time for St Patrick's Day we reveal the man behind the mirror of the snake

 

Research methods: The Royal Irish Academy's manuscripts. Pre-Viking era.

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Researcher 52's comment, September 27, 2013 4:55 PM
I believe this research is important in order to better portray who St Patrick could have been, rather than the popular folklore that exists. To give a different view of the Irish and the interconnection between the Celtic era, or the Pre-Viking era, with the evolution of the Irish cultural identity to now. This could be apt next year, in the wake of the 'Year of the Gathering' as Ireland has been experiencing a 'brain drain' of so much of its nascent, home-grown talent. Such an article might also give visitors to Ireland more insight into what Ireland was, or was perceived to be, and how it is changing always. Using St Patrick as a symbol as a national icon.
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Brown, Christopher (Christy) - Dictionary of Irish Biography - Cambridge University Press

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I researched and wrote this article back in 2000. I would do this differently now. I would add more flavour into Christy Brown's life, as there is probbaly more research that has been revealed about him, since 2000. As the Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB) is also an online resource, it can be viewed as an 'organic' document - and one that can be continuously updated as new insights and data is revealed about a particular person. This data must be verified though by the DIB's Managing Editor, etc, before it is published onlines, as an update. - Thanks Carmel

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