|'Was he Ireland's greatest walker?'|
 Among the best known elements of the story of St Patrick, some of which derive from his own Confession, are that he was born somewhere in Great Britain, and was captured in his youth by Irish pirates and enslaved, during which time he worked as a shepherd at Slemish, Co Antrim. After some years he escaped, but was later told in a vision to return to evangelise the country, and laboured with great success in this endeavour during the second half of the fifth century. The famous tale that he banished Ireland’s snakes may be allegorical for his having overthrown the supremacy of druidic paganism. One tradition holds that between visits to Ireland he was held for a time as a captive in Tours, France, where he was introduced to monasticism.