Wine: St Patrick's favourite tipple

Forget the snakes, it's the important work Ireland's patron saint did with wine that we should be celebrating, writes Tomás Clancy.

17th March, 2013
The statue Of St Patrick at the foot of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, Ireland. Photo: Alamy

The snake part of St Patrick's legacy has always been a curious one, yet the legend is clear: St Patrick rid Ireland of snakes.

Many writers suggest that 'snakes' are a metaphor for paganism, which St Patrick *actually* drove out of Ireland. But I disagree. I think the legend was a necessary part of a package of propaganda measures needed to convert our wine-drinking Celtic ancestors.

Yes, dear reader, I am going to suggest, on...

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