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Early medieval tradition credits him with being the first bishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland, and they regard him as the founder of Christianity in Ireland, converting a society practising a form of Celtic polytheism.He has been generally so regarded ever since, despite evidence of some earlier Christian presence in Ireland.
Known as the "Apostle of Ireland", he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, along with saints Brigit of Kildare and Columba.
In later life, he served as a bishop, but little is known about the places where he worked.
By the seventh century, he had already come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland.
Saint Patrick's Day is observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death.
It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday.